University of Vermont

CAS Philosophy Major


Alumni with a degree in Philosophy pursue a wide variety of careers, both directly and indirectly related to their course of study. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Philosophy.

Job Title

Career Industry

Business Analyst Financial Planning and Management
Attorney Law
Regional Manager Non-profit Administration
Pastor Clergy
Registered Nurse Nursing
Information Technology Manager Technical Support
Revenue Accountant Accounting
Acquisition Officer Military
Portfolio Manager Sales & Marketing
Director of Communications State Government
Documentary Film Maker Media/Entertainment
Career and College Coach Consulting
Librarian Library Science
Copywriter Secondary Education
Physical Therapist Physical and Occupational Therapy
Staff Writer Advertising
Associate Professor Higher Education
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Medicine

Recent Employers

Tuft’s Medical Center Los Angeles Times
Fidelity Investments McCarter & English LLP
Masonic Health Care Center Frito Lay
National Parks Service MTV Networks, Inc.
Teach for America NBC Universal
Rocky Mountain Heart Associates Oracle Corporation
United States Government Wall Street Journal
Carroll University

Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Philosophy

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Observe and analyze in order to solve problems through logical reasoning
Deductive reasoning

Conflict resolution and mediation experience
Ability to make decisions based on analysis of facts

Listen attentively in order to interpret core meanings from complex information sets
Clear concise articulation of points of view

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Ability to complete interviews
Ability to develop theoretical models and implement them on data collected and observed

Knowledge of what questions are important to ask and answer
Knowledge of what makes a good and bad argument

Organize information, ideas, and concepts
Ability to extract pertinent details from the mundane

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Experience in debate and dialogue
Skills in persuading others
Ability to work in a group to solve problems

Ability to identify values based on evidence
Experimentation with different points of view in order to fully understand the impact of an issue

Skill at completing close reading of texts and articles
Familiarity with the Socratic method
Understanding of logical equations


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