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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Philosophy



Philosophy seeks answers to such fundamental questions as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? Students majoring in Philosophy explore these types of questions and develop answers that can be defended in the arena of reasoned controversy. Philosophy covers many areas of the human experience, including the study of reality, existence, logic, and moral and social issues.

Philosophy graduates pursue careers in business, education, government, and the Nonprofit sector. Future career options may be determined not so much by the choice of the philosophy major, but by your interests, skills, values, and types of work experiences acquired during college. Regardless of your career aspirations, increase your marketability to employers through internships, related work experience, good grades, advanced coursework, and involvement in campus activities. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills, accomplishments, and work experience while in school.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Employee Relations Specialist Paralegal
Advertising Account Exec. FBI/CIA Agent Personnel Recruiter
Attorney Financial Planner Professor/Educator
Business Manager Foreign Service Officer Psychologist
Child Welfare Worker Fundraiser Public Information Officer
Claims Examiner Government Agency Admin Public Policy Specialist
Conflict Resolution Specialist Hospital Administrator Public Relations Specialist
Consultant Human Resources Specialist Public Service Official
Consumer Advocate Insurance Agent Publications Specialist
Copy Writer Investment Counselor Realtor
Corporate Trainer Journalist Religious Leader
Corrections Counselor Lawyer Sales/Marketing Representative
Counselor Lobbyist Social Worker
Customer Relations Rep Market Researcher Travel Consultant
Editor/Writer Nonprofit Administrator .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Colleges/Universities Law Firms Personnel agencies
Consumer Organizations Libraries Professional Associations
Cultural Organizations Magazines/Newspapers Public Relations Firms
Entertainment Firms Management consulting firms Publishing companies
Foundations Manufacturing Firms Retail Stores
Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts Media Organizations .
Insurance Companies Museums/historical societies .


Government Agencies
CIA/FBI Division of Youth & Family Services Peace Corps
Civil Rights Commission Drug Enforcement Agency Smithsonian Institution
Consumer Affairs Office Federal/State Congressional Offices U.S. Customs Service
Criminal Courts Foreign Service U.S. Information Agency
Department of Labor Legislative Affairs Voice of America

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Philosophy
Organization Job Title
Archive Films Account Executive
State of West Virginia Economic Service Worker
Rutgers University Editiorial Assistant
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Financial Advisor
Sprint Corp. Sales Representative
Delaware State Police State Trooper
Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives Wilderness Therapy Counselor


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Philosophy
Organization Job Title
Prudentiall Accounting Specialist
Alternatives Inc. (social services) Assistant Director
Rutgers Assistant Director-Study Abroad
Philosophy Dept., Rutgers Assistant Instructor
Merrill Lynch Assistant Sales Manager
AT&T Assistant Staff Manager
Buchanan Ingersoll (JD) Associate Attorney
Office of Att'y. General (JD) Asst. Attorney General
Costar Real Estate Group (MA Comm.) Asst. Mgr.
Christiania General Insurance Claims Analyst
J&J Research Inst. Clinical Research Assoc.
KPMG Consulting Consultant
Accenture Consulting Analyst
ANZDL Management Services Desktop Analyst
Vonage Director of Sales & Business Development
NACCO Industries Int'l. Sales Specialist
Glyphic Technologies IT Consultant
Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc. (MLS) Librarian
Liberty Health Plan Manager of Provider Relations
Operations, TQM Technology Corp. Manager
Hill Partners Inc. Marketing Associate
Cycorp, Inc. (PhD Phil.) Member of Tech. Staff
ABB Lummus Global Network Engineer
Office of Senator Edward Kennedy Office Manager
Dworkin & Silpe (PhD/JD) Partner/Lawyer
Rowan State College (PhD) Philosophy Professor
Superior Court of NJ (MLS) Records Coord.
IRS Recruiter
US Envir. Protection Agency (JD) Regional Director
The Blackstone Group Research Analyst
Janssen Research Foundation (MLS) Research Info. Services Asst.
State of NJ Senior Collection Officer
IBM Corp. Senior Consultant
Web Based Software, Random House Senior Developer
McDonnell Douglas (MA Linguistics) Sr. Tech. Writer
Merrill Lynch Trust Co. Sr. Trust Administrator
Behshad Sheldon (M.Ed Special Ed.) Teacher/Tutor
Community Medical Center (MA Educational Administration) VP Human Resources

Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
American Univ., Washington College of Law JD
Boston College, School of Law JD
Emory University, School of Law JD
Monmouth University M.Ed. Educational Admin
Montclair State University MA Communication
Northern Illinois University PhD Philosophy
Rutgers University MLS Library Science
Rutgers University PhD Philosophy
Rutgers University - Camden Law School JD
Rutgers University, Grad. School of Education M.Ed.
The College of New Jersey M.Ed. Special Ed.
UMDNJ RWJ Medical School MD Medicine
University of Tennessee, College of Law JD
Villanova University JD

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