Philosophy - Career Pathways



What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the study of the most basic questions one can ask about the nature of reality, human existence, knowledge, value, and meaning. A broad area of study, Philosophy develops the skills of careful inquiry, logical thinking, and independent leadership. Coursework includes close reading, evaluating authors’ arguments and the truth of their claims, and writing argumentative essays.

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What Can I Do with a Philosophy Degree?

A Philosophy degree prepares students for almost any career path. Students develop valuable skills desired by employers and graduate programs alike. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in fields such as business, film, theatre, criminal justice, legal studies, education, and medicine. In addition, Philosophy majors tend to score higher on the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

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Career Outlooks

To explore specific job outlooks, use MyNextMove, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and MyPlan. Each offers unique insight about the personalities, skills, knowledge, technology, abilities, and educational requirements compatible with a job.

For a more personal approach, use resources like Candid Careers and Glassdoor. Candid Careers hosts thousands of interviews with industry professionals. Glassdoor provides numerous employee reviews from various companies. Both provide great insight into the industry and daily life of a particular career.

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Sample Job Titles

Business Administrator
Civil Right Activist
College Dean or President
Director of Fundraising
District Attorney
Guidance Counselor
High School Religion Teacher
Investment Banker
Management Analyst
Managerial Consultant
Medical Ethicist
Police Officer
Public Relations Representative
Social Worker
Supreme Court Judge
Web Developer

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Internships and Applied Learning Opportunities  Use FREDNetwork to find professional jobs, internships, student employment and summer job opportunities

Internships foster hands-on learning and skill building. They also help students make connections and network with potential employers. 

You can use FREDNetwork, the CDO’s job and internship database, to find internship (and employment) opportunities! Schedule an appointment with a CDO career counselor for more information and advice.

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Major-specific activities and student organizations and clubs provide venues to make connections and build strong networks. Depending on personal interests and career goals, students may join a variety of clubs.

Networks continue to grow through digital groups such as LinkedIn. The CDO’s professional mentoring program, Fredonia Career Connection, is also a great place to find a mentor!

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Professional Associations

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Get Connected

Stay up to date on the Philosophy Department’s news and events through Facebook.

What’s Next?

Not sure about your future? Schedule an appointment
The CDO is here to help you explore opportunities!
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