Missouri State University

Careers and Outcomes

Considering a career in Philosophy

The study of philosophy provides you with broad-based, applicable knowledge of a number of subjects, preparing you for a variety of career options upon graduation.

A degree in philosophy provides educational diversity, allowing you to choose different pathways when looking into career options. Some common careers are listed below to give you an idea of where you could take your degree.

Possible careers

Philosophy gives you skills, such as analytical thinking and effective communication, which could be applied to any career at any point in your life. Many philosophy majors have persuasion skills as well as the ability to problem solve. These attributes will set you apart from the crowd. With these skills, some common work paths include:

  • Business
  • Computers
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Law
  • Writing

Graduate options

Although Missouri State does not offer a graduate program for philosophy, many students pursue graduate degrees in the following areas:

  • Counseling
  • Creative writing
  • Diplomacy
  • Law
  • Psychology

Career Center

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with a philosophy degree.