Career Options

Careers for Philosophy Majors

  • Philosopher
  • Careers in international development, information technology, or business consultation
  • Bioethicist
  • Lawyer
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Careers needing complex reasoning capabilities and imaginative problem resolution
  • Pastor/Theologian
  • Politician/Civil Servant

Starting Salary*

A philosophy major’s typical starting salary is $43,500. The typical salary after 10-19 years is $73,842.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Philosophy Degrees

  • Assistant Director for Grassroots Campaigns, INC
  • Research Coordinator, Department of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting
  • Director of Development, Silva Project
  • Analyst, U.S. Senate
  • Administrator, Head Start Centers
  • Chief Trial Judge, U.S. Army
  • Clerk, United States Court of Appeals Judge David Ebel, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Lawyer, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Coastal Ecologist
  • Senior Vice President, AC Nielsen Corp
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.