“Philosophy Projected as Top-Paid Class of 2016 Humanities Major,” National Association of Colleges and Employers




“Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return on Investment,” Forbes




“The Earning Power of Philosophy Majors,” The Atlantic




“Welders make more money than philosophers,” presidential candidate Marco Rubio, during the fourth Republican debate.

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Philosophy majors develop many skills which transfer to the workplace, including:

Utilizing Sources

  • Research and integrate the ideas of experts on a given topic
  • Write papers which reflect one’s own ideas while also building on the shared research program of a community
  • Gain familiarity with a wide variety of sources, including literary, statistical, and scientific

Organizing Information

  • Organize complex bodies of information
  • Present abstract material simply and succinctly
  • Structure long-term research projects into manageable and coherent parts

Analyzing Information

  • Learn the tools of formal and informal logic, as well as how to avoid fallacies of reasoning
  • Synthesize empirical data with one’s own insights into a cohesive argument
  • Think critically about a variety of practical as well as theoretical issues

Evaluating One’s Work

  • Revise one’s work in light of comments and criticism from peers
  • Realistically evaluate what it is that one has accomplished
  • Understand how one’s own contributions fit into a broader program of existing work, and which future directions one’s work might take