What is knowledge? Can we rely on our senses to know what’s real? What makes an action right or wrong? Who are we? How should we live and treat others? Derived from the Greek words, “love of wisdom” philosophy teaches us how we might begin to unpack these types of questions. If you’d like to acquire the critical thinking required to find out these answers, then you may enjoy majoring in Philosophy.
UTSA’s Philosophy Program
A Philosophy degree consists of interdisciplinary topics like the history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, aesthetics and more. The coursework will introduce you to basic philosophical problems, ancient and early modern philosophy, logic and ethics and approaches to knowledge and reality. In this program, you’ll develop critical thinking, a close eye when reading, clear writing, and logical analysis—skills that are highly valued by any employer.
Careers in Philosophy
Top job titles for Philosophy graduates include:
• Social Science Researcher
• Sales Representative
• Technical Writer
• Account Manager
Philosophy and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO and Minneapolis, MN. More than 144,000 philosophy-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.
UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.
Industries for Philosophy Graduates
Philosophy is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of philosophy-related positions over 2018-19 included:
• Higher Education
• Infrastructure Services
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• Business Support Services
Salaries for Philosophy Graduates
The salary range for open philosophy-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:
Source: Burning Glass
Skills and Interests for Philosophy Majors
While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Philosophy graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Philosophy may be a good fit for you if:
• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are detail oriented
• You enjoy being creative and artistic
• You like to think deep on theories, philosophy and religion