On this page you will find information about careers pursued by Philosophy majors, skills Philosophy majors develop and career-related Web sites relevant to the major. Visit the department page to learn more about the Philosophy program.


It is important to remember that your major does not determine what your career will be. With a liberal arts education, YOU, not your major, will determine your career path.

Example job titles of Dickinson alumni who majored in Philosophy include:

  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Computer Scientist
  • Global Business Services Managing Consultant
  • Legal Director
  • Psychotherapist 

Career-Related Skills

  • Analytic Thinking: You learn to create and evaluate logical arguments and to generate new ideas.
  • Communication: Philosophy majors can write clearly and accurately, edit and rewrite, and inform and explain.
  • Research: Gathering information and synthesizing ideas from different sources to write reports and to present conclusions you've developed.
  • Problem Solving: Philosophy majors have the ability to identify a problem, recognize its source, evaluate hidden assumptions, and develop a new solution.
  • Close Reading: You are able to dissect texts and documents to understand the subtleties.

Career-Related Web Sites

Academic Employment Network

Guide to Philosophy on the Internet - Extensive list of career opportunities for philosophy majors.

Jobs in Philosophy

The Philosophical Gourmet Report - Provides a ranking of graduate programs in Analytic Philosophy  

Links to Think Tanks 

Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World

National Political Index: Political Think Tanks

Political Science Resources Think Tanks

World Directory of Think Tanks

Nonprofit Career Resources and Links

About.com Guide to Careers in Nonprofit

American Society of Association Executives - Associations represent a significant source of employment in the nonprofit sector.

Americorps/VISTA - Information about Americorps and VISTA

GuideStar - Various non-profit job opportunities

Idealist - Non-profit jobs, volunteer info.

Nonprofit Marketing Careers - Excellent site for general overview of nonprofit organizations. Designed for those considering a career in marketing, but with links that will appeal to others. Includes a list of the top nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Career Network

OK - Opportunity Knocks - Non-profit organizations classifieds

Peace Corps Official Page

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance - Formed in 2001 with the merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus Foundation and its Philantropic Advisory Service.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - Listings of jobs in Fundraising, Grants and Foundation positions, Public Relations

The Foundation Center - Foundations represent a significant source of interesting positions for liberal arts majors. This site contains links to the major foundations with employment opportunities.

The Non-Profit Times Lists jobs in non-profits

The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc

Job/Internship Bank for Volunteer Managers

Work 4 a Good Cause - Online resource for nonprofit organizations and job seekers. We're a one-stop site for nonprofit employers, job seekers, and individuals looking for job, board and internship opportunities.

For additional career resources and links, please visit the Job Search Web Link page.