Philosophy

"This above all -- to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man..."
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet I.iii

" There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know 
one's self."
-- Benjamin Franklin

" What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what 
lies within us."
-- R. W. Emerson

MARKETABLE SKILLS:

Ability to trace problems 
Analyzing 
Anticipate problems
Applying Theory 
Clarifying problems
Clear expression of ideas 
Color Discrimination
Communicating
Computer literacy 
Conceptual ability
Continually conceiving
Creative
Critiquing
Debating 
Decision Making
Deductive reasoning 
Developing ideas
Diagnosing
Experimenting with ideas
Forecasting
Form perception
Generating ideas
Good judgement

Imagining
Innovating
Interviewing
Logical thinking 
Memory for faces
Notice things quickly
Organizing/classifying
Perceptiveness 
Problem solving
Relate to abstract ideas
Research analysis 
Reviewing/evaluating
Screening
Showing foresight
Sound judgment 
Spatial memory
Surveying
Synthesizing perceptions
Systemizing/Organizing 
Task oriented 
Trouble shooting
Visualizing shapes
Writing

SKILLS:

Ability to engage in thinking that is at once disciplined and imaginatively creative
Ability to formulate and defend position 
Ability to speak articulately and listen objectively
Ability to summarize complicated materials and solve problems 
Broad background of general knowledge 
Comprehensive knowledge of grammar and vocabulary 
Constructing and evaluating philosophical arguments
Designing and reporting for both individuals and businesses
Developed skills in formulating questions
Digesting and summarizing large amounts of complex prose 
Discussing philosophical ideas
Extensive knowledge of at least some important figures, fields, and problems
Persevering through difficult intellectual pursuits 
Proficiency in analytical and synthetic reasoning
Reading philosophical texts 
Recognizing elements, relationships, structures and organizing principles
Recognizing errors in logic 
Reducing sophisticated language to comprehensible terms
Reshaping ideas in the light of new circumstances 
Seeing issues from more than one point of view 
Self-conscious reflection on philosophical injury itself, its methods, and its role in 
human life, culture and society.
Taking different viewpoints into consideration when dealing with people 
Using library and primary resources to find answers to questions

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

Administrator: 

  • Business
  • Hospital
  • Religious Educational
  • Seminary 

Affirmative Action Officer
Announcer
Anthropological Linguist
Archivist
Author
Biographer
Book critic
Business Owner
Campus Religious Coordinator
Cataloger
Claims Adjudicator
Clergy
Collaborator
College/university official
Columnist/Commentator
Consumer Advocate
Coordinator School and Youth Programs
Corporate Trainer
Counselor:

  • Credit 
  • Financial Aid Counselor 
  • Loan Counselor 

Cryptanalyst
Curator
Department head/College
Director of Institutional research
Editor of Newspaper publications
Employer Interviewer
Essayist
Financial Analyst 
Foreign correspondent
Foreign News Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Foundation Administrator
Fund Raiser
Geneaologist

Government /Public Sector 
Government Official
Grant Coordinator
Historical Preservation Staff
Human Resource Officer
Immigration inspector
Insurance Agent
Intelligence specialist
International relations specialist
Lawyer
Librarian
Loan Administrator
Lobbyist
Marketing Research Analyst
Member of Congress
Missionary
Operations Researcher
Paralegal
Peace Corps/Vista Volunteer 
Philosopher
Physician
Poet
Policy Analyst
Production Manager
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Public Administrator
Public Relations rep. 
Recruiter
Research Analyst
Retail Manager
Revenue Agent, IRS
Sales/Marketing Representative
Social Worker
Story Analyst
Teacher/Professor
Training instructor
Travel Agent
Writer:

  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter
WORK ENVIRONMENTS:

Adult Education Programs
Advertising agencies/departments
Archives/federal, municipal, national
Bookstores
Business corporations
Churches & religious organizations
Commissions
Civil rights
Civil service 
Colleges and schools
Consulting Firms
Consumer Affairs office
Education department
Foreign service
Foundations, non-profit
Government
Hospitals
Industries/manufacturing

Institutions
Insurance companies
Learned Periodicals
Libraries
Library of Congress
Magazines & newspapers
Museums
Non-Profit organizations
Political organizations
Professional/Trade associations
Public Interest Research Groups
Public Relations firms
Publishing Agencies
Religious Associations
Research companies
Social Services agencies
Travel Agencies

Online Resources:
Action Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

Jobs: 
Idealist (links and jobs)
Jobs in Philosophy

What can I do with the major?
philosophy.wvu.edu

Professional Organizations:

Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies (links)
American Humanist Association 
American Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Society (fellowships & grants)
American Psychoanalytic Association (fellowships)
American Society for Philosophy, Counseling and Psychotherapy
American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
Association for Institutional Thought (student scholar competition)
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (job listings, certifications, fellowships, grants)
Association for Social Economics (grants/awards)
Association of Concern for Ultimate Reality and Meaning 
Council for Research in Values and Philosophy
Council for Secular Humanism (links to professional organizations)
Critical Thinking Consortium (mentoring)
Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children
International Society for Phenomenology and Literature
Metaphysical Society of America
New Thought Alliance (links)
Philosophy of Education Society (academic jobs)
Philosophy of Science Association (links to graduate studies)
Philosophical Research Society
Philosophy Documentation Center
Society for Business Ethics
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (grants)
Society for Utopian Studies (links)
The Society for Women in Philosophy (links)
Theosophical Society in America 
World Council of Churches
Resources of Scholarly Societies – Philosophy (listing)
UCSC Philosophy Department