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Philosophy majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, & problem solving skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills and experience. Internships or other career-related experience may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where employers indicated an interest in recruiting students majoring in philosophy. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for philosophy majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

This is a list of jobs philosophy majors reported having at (or shortly after) graduation. This list was built from survey data published by colleges and employers across the United States. Advising and Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for further exploration.

  • Academic Support for an independent school
  • Administrative & Operations Specialist for a university
  • Administrative Assistant for a university
  • Analyst for a consulting firm
  • Analyst for a financial consulting firm
  • Assistant Case Manager for a dispute resolution nonprofit
  • Assistant Coach for a university
  • Assistant Director for Greek Life at a university
  • Assistant Manager for a paint company
  • Assistant Teacher for a church nursery school
  • Associate for a national accounting/tax/business advisory firm
  • Associate Security Operations Analyst for a consulting firm
  • Associate Software Engineer for a financial services company
  • Barista for an international coffee company
  • Base Camp Guide for a youth organization
  • Behavioral Support Specialist for a social services nonprofit
  • Commercial Credit Analyst for a bank
  • Commercial Underwriter for an insurance company
  • Communications Coordinator for a nonprofit professional association for physicians
  • Construction Assistant for a construction firm
  • Construction Assistant for an international nonprofit organization dedicated to affordable housing
  • Consultant for a professional services/accounting firm
  • Corporate Human Resources Advisor for a multinational oil/gas company
  • Counselor for an organization serving people with disabilities
  • Curriculum Developer for a technology summer camp
  • Development Associate for an international development organization
  • Director of Youth Ministry for a church
  • Doctor’s Assistant/Medical Secretary for a Cardiologist
  • Driver for a logistics services company
  • Economic Service Work for a state agency
  • Editor in Chief for small publisher
  • Editorial Assistant for a university press
  • Engineer for an electrical equipment manufacturer
  • English Teaching Assistant with a Ministry of Education program
  • Environmental Educator for the Peace Corps
  • Environmental Policy Analyst for a city agency
  • File Clerk for a medical clinic
  • Financial Advisor for a global financial services firm
  • Financial Analyst for a nonprofit, faith-based financial services organization
  • Front Desk Receptionist for a community legal clinic
  • General Manager for a supply company
  • Grant Manager for a university
  • Grant Writer for a public television station
  • Head of Public Relations for an international organization promoting peace
  • Human Resources Coordinator for a hotel chain
  • Information Specialist for a trade association for nonprofit executives
  • Instructional Aide for a public school system
  • Intelligence Officer for a clandestine government agency
  • International Student Advisor for a university
  • Language Teaching Assistant for an international education exchange
  • Legal Assistant for provider of internet-related products/services
  • Legal Assistant for a law firm
  • Librarian for a public library
  • Library Aide for a regional library
  • Library Page for a county library
  • Management Trainee for a rental car company
  • Manager for a bakery
  • Manager for a grocery store
  • Manuscript Editor for a university press
  • Market Analyst for real estate brokerage firm
  • Medical Assistant for a medical practice
  • Medical Liaison for nonprofit community service & behavioral healthcare organization
  • Officer for the US military
  • Outreach & Education Director for an environmental nonprofit
  • Paralegal for a law firm
  • Program Associate for a global asset management firm
  • Program Coordinator for a university
  • Program Specialist for a federal government agency
  • Project Assistant for a law firm
  • Project Coordinator/Grants Writer for an international humanitarian organization
  • Receptionist for a nonprofit
  • Recruiter for a technology consulting firm
  • Researcher for a nonprofit foundation serving youth
  • Sales Account Director for a provider of on-demand software services
  • Sales Account Executive for a financial services firm
  • Sales Associate for a consumer electronics retailer
  • Sales Representative for a managed care consortium
  • Sales Representative for a wireless telecommunications provider
  • Seminarian for a Catholic Diocese
  • Senior Policy Consultant for a federation of health insurance organizations
  • Senior Public Relations Manager for a global information technology company
  • Social Sciences Editor for an encyclopedia
  • Software Developer Engineer for a software company
  • Software Engineer for a software consulting firm
  • Special Agent for a government agency responsible for criminal investigation & counterintelligence
  • Staff Writer for an international ministry
  • State Trooper for state police
  • Strategist for a furniture manufacturer
  • Strategy Analyst for a bank
  • Support Staff for a social services nonprofit
  • Surf Rescue Technician for a city’s department of parks & recreation
  • Teacher for a cultural exchange program
  • Teacher for an educational nonprofit
  • Technical Writer for a computer technology corporation
  • Technical Writer for a multinational computer software company
  • Training Associate for a bank
  • Volunteer for a national service program
  • Web Producer for a television station
  • Wilderness Therapy Counselor for a nonprofit serving children & families
  • Women’s Advocate for a domestic violence shelter
  • Workshop Facilitator for a university
  • Writer/Editor for an international university
  • Youth Counselor for a residential mental health treatment facility
  • Youth Counselor for a therapeutic school
  • Youth Minister for a faith-based organization

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 Advising & Career Services' Resources

Advising and Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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  • Pharmaceutical Sales Consultant
  • Public Relations Account Executive
  • Grant Development Officer
  • Assistant City Editor
  • Red Cross Regional Director
  • Boys and Girls Club Executive Director
  • Hospital Director of Pastoral Care
  • Book Editor
  • Director of Marketing

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Philosophy Majors

Department of Philosophy — Portland State University

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