Philosophy - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Philosophy.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Ability to formulate rational, logical ideas and intelligently defend and consider many positions
  • Knowledge of how to build and defend one point of view, to appreciate competing positions and to indicate forcefully why one’s view is preferable to alternatives
  • Ability to distinguish fine differences between views and discover common ground between opposing positions
  • Ability to summarize complicated materials and develop well-reasoned arguments
  • Proficiency in analytical and synthetic reasoning
  • Skill in the efficient resolution of conflicts through listening, debate and counter point
  • The ability to rationally examine and explain beliefs, situations, arguments and opinions
  • The development of a basis for ethical decisions and the management of discussions related to ethics
  • The skills to express what is distinctive in one's view with clarity and reason

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Admissions Officer
Adult Educator
Advertising Executive
Broadcaster/News Reporter
Campaign/Elections Officer
College Administrator
Community Development Officer
Community Relations Manager
Compliance Officer
Corporate Communications
Corporate Trainer
Diplomat/Embassy Worker
Educational Researcher
Film/Media Researcher
Financial Services
Foreign Service Officer
Grant/Proposal Writer
Historical Research Assistant
Hospital/Education Administrator
Housing/Student Life Co-
Human Resources
Image Consultant
Information Manager
Institutional Researcher
Intelligence Officer
Judicial Clerk
Labour Negotiator
Labour Relations Researcher
Law Enforcement
Management Consultant
Market Research Analyst
Media Strategist
Opinion Researcher
Political Scientist
Political Strategist
Property Manager
Public Administration
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations Specialist
Publications Researcher
Publisher/Copy Editor
Real Estate Agent
Script Consultant
Social Researcher
Social Worker
Speech Writer
Survey Assistant
Technical Writer
Television Production Assistant
Underwriter/Claims Examiner
Urban Planner
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Advertising Agencies
Business and Industry
Business Consulting Firms
Cultural Organizations
Educational Institutions
Media Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Political Parties
Publishing Companies
Social Service Agencies


The Canadian Philosophical Association -
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences -
Canadian Bioethics Society -
American Philosophical Association -
The Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics -

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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