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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 Area of Specialization
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bank Officer
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Clergy *
  • Computer Programmer
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer *
  • Grant/Proposal Writer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer *
  • Legislative Staff*
  • Librarian *
  • Management Trainee
  • Media Analyst
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Program Analyst
  • Professor/Instructor/Teacher *
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker *
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • 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
  • City, county, state government
  • Computer firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Federal government:
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Department of Defense
    • Department of State
    • Department of the Treasury
    • Department of Transportation
    • Health and Human Service
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Peace Corps
  • Foundations and non-profit organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Libraries
  • Newspapers
  • Public relations firms
  • Publishing companies
  • Research institutes
  • Social service agencies
  • 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.


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