Philosophy is the discipline that teaches you how to think clearly, a skill that pays dividends in any line of work.
The value of studying Philosophy for developing one’s mind and character and enabling one to find direction and meaning in life is undeniable. But it also turns out to be excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. Philosophy enhances one’s ability to think critically, to reconstruct and evaluate arguments, and to see the implications of embracing certain ideas. By acquiring the abilities to reason, analyze, synthesize, and communicate effectively, you have what it takes to develop more specific skills in any area. The ability to think and write is always an asset. It is therefore no wonder that Philosophy majors succeed in so many careers.
Philosophy majors do exceptionally well relative to other majors on the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT), as well as in Law School. Law professors often recommend Philosophy as the best undergraduate major because it trains students to think analytically. Philosophy majors do well in business, as well, tending to advance faster into middle and upper management positions than students from most other majors. Businesses appreciate the ability of Philosophy majors to think independently and imaginatively. Philosophy provides excellent training for government work of all sorts, from intelligence to social service, medical school, journalism, publishing, advertising, religious vocations, and psychological counseling and social work.
The conclusion is inescapable: The possible vocations for someone with the skills Philosophy teaches – insightful, imaginative, and critical thinking – are virtually endless.