Careers for Philosophy Degree Graduates

Common job titles

  • Government analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Philosophy teacher
  • Political scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Writer

Job outlook data

College-level philosophy and religion educators held around 23,000 jobs in 2016, the last year for which data are available. Employment of these teaching professionals is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Formally educated philosophers try to answer some of the fundamental human questions about art, free will, morality, time and space, truth and the relationship between the brain and the physical world. Because philosophy relies more on discussion and seminar formats than lecture only courses, philosophy professors spend more time interacting with students one-on- one and in small groups. They also conduct research, write articles and books and speak at academic conferences.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of philosophers are:

  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Junior colleges
  • Other schools and instruction

» Get information about Adelphi’s Philosophy Degree Program

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016 for Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary, Pros and Cons of Becoming a Philosopher.

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