Philosophy majors learn how to think critically, write well, communicate verbally and in written form, and to view issues from many angles. These types of skills are easily transferable to a variety of career choices, like:
- Graduate school - Many graduates choose to advance their career in a particular area of interest. These advanced degrees will enable students to be able to teach collegiate level classes.
- Professional writing - With much of the world online these days, professional writing for blogs, digital magazines, businesses and other organizations is in great demand.
- Editing for major publishing companies or corporations - Companies and businesses with print or digital material often need editors to stylize, analyze and reword brochures, magazine ads, write-ups and other print material.
- Technical Writing - Technical writing works well with philosophy majors because it requires attention to detail, consistency and the ability to summarize overall messages into a concise statement. Often, writers will have to take complex ideas and make them understandable to the average reader...which is exactly what English majors learn how to do.
- Editorial Assistant - Editorial assistants work with editorial managers on large writing assignments like magazines, newspapers or other print material. Philosophy majors work well in this area because it requires creativity, analyzing, research and attention to detail--all which philosophy majors learn in the classroom.
- Digital Copywriting - These people create banner ads, social media campaigns, blog posts, online strategies, landing pages and promotion ideas--all which requires writing, summaries, and creative thinking. Typically, a minor in web design is a great choice for this type of career.
- Web Content Editor - Consistency to detail, ability to engage audiences and research for fun content is needed.
- Copywriting - This position can edit and write for everything from major organizations to law firms. The key is detail oriented consistency and an ability to edit/understand main ideas in large documents.
- Grant writing - Philosophy majors learn how to write persuasive arguments, which is exactly what grant writing entails.
- Law school - Majoring in philosophy works well with a degree in law, as you will have to read extensively while maintaining knowledge of overall ideas, create cohesive arguments and find research to back your arguments.
- Business to Business sales - Complicated sales process involves researching other solutions, finding reviews, and writing up findings in a cogent manner. This requires writing, reading, and analytical skills, which are exactly what philosophy majors learn.
- Sales - This career choice can be quite lucrative for some, and requires skills to analyze, communicate, sense customer's needs and empathize. Most philosophy majors develop these skills throughout their academic careers.
- Policy Analyst - Requires analyzing, writing, planning and developing new policy plans. Both governmental agencies and businesses in the private sector hire people to develop policies and communicate them clearly to the target audience.
- Social Media Manager - Social media is a growing industry, and many companies, businesses, agencies and other organizations need people to develop and run their social media programs. The job requires creativity, planning and clear communication abilities, all skills developed as a philosophy major.
- Communications Officer - This position is typically found within government. Press writing, messaging, and speech writing are all part of the job.