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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

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
The Village Voice Marketing and Events Internship

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
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

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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.

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