Philosophy - What to Do with this Major

Job Titles

Clergy Professor Publishing
Guidance Counselor Psychiatrist Teacher
Journalism Psychologist Theologian
Lawyer Public Policy Maker Think Tank Consultant


Personal Characteristics to be Successful

Alert Ethical Questioning
Compassionate Firm Responsible
Creative Imaginative Self-disciplined
Critical Inquisitive Sympathetic
Curious Investigative Tactful
Dedicated Open-minded Understanding


Workplace Skills

Apply theory
Come to terms with the problems of existence and ultimate values
Challenge assumptions
Communicate in logical manner
Desire to search for the purpose and understanding of life
Communicate in a logical manner
Examine own beliefs in relationship to cosmos
Experiment with ideas
Knowledge of the interrelationship of economics, history, psychology, and education
Make tough decisions
Maintain good judgment
Conceive, develop, generate ideas
Deal with the vague and unknown
Debate capabilities
Deductive reasoning
Diagnose patients' problems
Examine own beliefs
Perform ambiguous tasks
Possess analytical and problem solving skills
Possess oratory skills
Recognize the unique and different
Resolve conflict
Synthesize perceptions
Understand relationship of beliefs and values




Phifer, P. (2000). College Majors and Careers, 4th Edition. Chicago, IL: Ferguson Publishing Company
Creighton University, Career Services Web site (visited Aug. 2006):
University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Career Services (What can I do with a major in...) Web site (visited Aug. 2006)
Johnson County Community College, Web site (visited October 2007):