Career Opportunities for Majors in Philosophy


Philosophy seeks answers to such fundamental questions as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? Students majoring in Philosophy explore these types of questions and develop answers that can be defended in the arena of reasoned controversy. Philosophy covers many areas of the human experience, including the study of reality, existence, logic, and moral and social issues.

Philosophy graduates pursue careers in business, education, government, and the Nonprofit sector. Future career options may be determined not so much by the choice of the philosophy major, but by your interests, skills, values, and types of work experiences acquired during college. Regardless of your career aspirations, increase your marketability to employers through internships, related work experience, good grades, advanced coursework, and involvement in campus activities. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills, accomplishments, and work experience while in school.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Employee Relations Specialist Paralegal
Advertising Account Exec. FBI/CIA Agent Personnel Recruiter
Attorney Financial Planner Professor/Educator
Business Manager Foreign Service Officer Psychologist
Child Welfare Worker Fundraiser Public Information Officer
Claims Examiner Government Agency Admin Public Policy Specialist
Conflict Resolution Specialist Hospital Administrator Public Relations Specialist
Consultant Human Resources Specialist Public Service Official
Consumer Advocate Insurance Agent Publications Specialist
Copy Writer Investment Counselor Realtor
Corporate Trainer Journalist Religious Leader
Corrections Counselor Lawyer Sales/Marketing Representative
Counselor Lobbyist Social Worker
Customer Relations Rep Market Researcher Travel Consultant
Editor/Writer Nonprofit Administrator

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Colleges/Universities Law Firms Personnel agencies
Consumer Organizations Libraries Professional Associations
Cultural Organizations Magazines/Newspapers Public Relations Firms
Entertainment Firms Management consulting firms Publishing companies
Foundations Manufacturing Firms Retail Stores
Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts Media Organizations
Insurance Companies Museums/historical societies
Government Agencies
CIA/FBI Division of Youth & Family Services Peace Corps
Civil Rights Commission Drug Enforcement Agency Smithsonian Institution
Consumer Affairs Office Federal/State Congressional Offices U.S. Customs Service
Criminal Courts Foreign Service U.S. Information Agency
Department of Labor Legislative Affairs Voice of America

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Philosophy

Organization Job Title
Archive Films Account Executive
State of West Virginia Economic Service Worker
Rutgers University Editiorial Assistant
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Financial Advisor
Sprint Corp. Sales Representative
Delaware State Police State Trooper
Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives Wilderness Therapy Counselor
Ryder Transportation Managers
Bricks4kidz Managers
Allentown Presbyterian Church Directors, Religious Activities And Education
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Philosophy

Prudentiall Accounting Specialist
Alternatives Inc. (social services) Assistant Director
Rutgers Assistant Director-Study Abroad
Philosophy Dept., Rutgers Assistant Instructor
Merrill Lynch Assistant Sales Manager
AT&T Assistant Staff Manager
Buchanan Ingersoll (JD) Associate Attorney
Office of Att'y. General (JD) Asst. Attorney General
Costar Real Estate Group (MA Comm.) Asst. Mgr.
Christiania General Insurance Claims Analyst
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
American Univ., Washington College of Law JD
Boston College Philosophy History of Philosophy
Boston College, School of Law JD
Boston University Linguistics Philosophy and Linguistics
Columbia Law School Other
Emory University, School of Law JD
Fordham University Computer Science Cyber Security
Monmouth University M.Ed. Educational Admin
Montclair State University MA Communication
Northern Illinois University PhD Philosophy
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