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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 complex data.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Administrative Assistant Librarian *
Bank Officer Management Trainee
Claims Adjuster Media Analyst
Clergy * Personnel Analyst
Computer Programmer Program Analyst
Consultant Professor/Instructor/Teacher *
Editor Public Administrator
Employee Relations Specialist Public Information Officer
Foreign Service Officer * Public Relations
Grant/Proposal Writer Researcher
Intelligence Analyst Social Worker *
Journalist Software Developer
Lawyer * Systems Analyst
Legislative Staff Urban Planner *
* See Training section

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, and proclamations.
  • 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 clearly.
  • Research assistants for consulting firms collect and interpret data for and about clients.
  • Computer analysts solve systems problems and devise new languages.

Places of Employment

Banks Office of Personnel Management
City, county, state government Peace Corps
Computer firms Foundations and non-profit organizations
Consulting firms Insurance companies
Federal government Libraries
- Central Intelligence Agency Newspapers
- Department of Defense Public relations firms
- Department of State Publishing companies
- Department of the Treasury Research institutes
- 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) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

More Information

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