Philosophy majors develop widely transferable skills, including critical reasoning and critical writing, the ability to solve problems, the facility to communicate clearly and effectively, and the capability to analyze and assess a situation from diverse points of view. These skills are valuable in every profession.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Philosophy majors have a higher average starting salary than any other major in the Humanities. Further, Philosophy and Mathematics majors have higher mid-career salary growth than any other major.
Philosophy majors do exceptionally well on exams for graduate or professional schools. They score higher than any other major on the verbal and analytic writing portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and well above the mean on the quantitative reasoning section. Philosophy majors rank second overall on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and third overall on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
Graduates of philosophy programs are employed in many different areas, including:
Philosophy majors can increase their ability to land an entry position in their desired field by gaining specific skills needed in that field, such as ability to use a particular software package. You needn't have a technical major to acquire these skills; often these skills can be gained through a small amount of coursework, an internship, a volunteer assignment, or a part-time job. As The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, fields in which basic skills can help you get a foot in the door include: