Philosophy majors study ideas and issues. Along the way, they pursue fundamental truths,
a comprehensive understanding of the world and explore the nature of morality.
As a Philosophy major, you will learn a variety of skills that will be helpful no
matter what career you choose. You will learn how to solve problems, to communicate
clearly, to organize ideas and issues, to assess pros and cons, and to synthesize
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
* See Training section
|Employee Relations Specialist
||Public Information Officer
|Foreign Service Officer *
||Social Worker *
||Urban Planner *
Nature of the Work
Many jobs available to Philosophy graduates with a bachelor's degree involve collecting,
compiling and analyzing data. Here are some other job descriptions:
- Administrative assistants collect, compile and analyze information, review policies
and procedures and prepare written reports, grant applications, correspondence, resolutions,
- Legislative staff for members of Congress handles the many different kinds of problems.
You need to be able to consider problems from many points of view and to communicate
- Research assistants for consulting firms collect and interpret data for and about
- Computer analysts solve systems problems and devise new languages.
Places of Employment
||Office of Personnel Management
|City, county, state government
||Foundations and non-profit organizations
|- Central Intelligence Agency
|- Department of Defense
||Public relations firms
|- Department of State
|- Department of the Treasury
|- Department of Transportation
||Social service agencies
|- Health and Human Service
||Universities and colleges
A bachelor's degree qualifies you for many of the careers listed above depending on
the type of courses you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.
You would need a graduate degree for careers marked by an asterisk.
If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, then you will need a Ph.D.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.