The long-term career opportunities for philosophy majors are almost limitless. Philosophy majors tend to have excellent critical-thinking, writing, and communication skills, and these skills usually help them excel at their chosen career, even if these careers are unrelated to philosophy. For some inspiration on what you can do with a philosophy degree, see the American Philosophical Association's page titled, "Who studies philosophy?" or take a look at their poster.
However, some people have personal restrictions that restrict the employment opportunities that they are likely to be happy with accepting. These restrictions include, but are not limited to, a desire to live in a specific city, work in a particular industry, earn a certain salary, or perform a specific job function. If they only have a bachelor's degree in philosophy, it can be difficult for them to find employment opportunities that satisfy these restrictions. Therefore, if you are looking for the maximum flexibility in employment opportunities immediately after graduating, it is recommended that you pursue a double major or minor in another discipline, develop additional skills, acquire additional domain knowledge, and make connections with people outside of philosophy.
It is important for you to be realistic about which employment opportunities you are likely to be happy with immediately after college and research whether and how a philosophy degree will prepare you for it. There are many roles (e.g., software engineer) for which the skills that you obtain from doing philosophy can help you excel in long-term but are insufficient for you to easily obtain immediately after graduating, so you should probably prepare accordingly based on your research.
A full list of majors and minors listed at the USC Catalogue. In the Catalogue Navigation on the left, click Programs, Minors, and Certificates.
Below is a table with possible additional major/minors and their potential career opportunities. This table is work-in-progress and feedback is welcome.
|Technology-focused programs such as applied mathematics, computer science, computer engineering, computer programming, computational linguistics, computational neuroscience, and ITP minors||Most roles at tech companies such as software engineer, software development, product management, product design, technical writer|
|Natural science programs such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, human biology, neuroscience, and physics||Careers in medicine, healthcare, scientific research such as physician, physician's assistant, scientific research, and public policy|
|Social science programs such as American studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology||Careers in law, public policy, and business|
|Business programs such as accounting, business administration, consumer behavior, finance, marketing, and real estate||Careers in business such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, and real estate|
|Literary arts such as classics, creative writing, English, and narrative studies||Mostly the same as just a philosophy major|
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- 80,000 Hours - a website with ideas on how to find high-impact employment opportunities
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook - a database on the outlook of various occupations and how to obtain them
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