Philosophy

Transferable Skills that Philosophy majors develop:
In addition to the specific subject matter that Philosophy majors learn, they acquire many skills that can easily transfer to any subject matter.  The following is a list of transferable skills that Philosophy majors develop:

Solving problems
Communicating logically
Interest in pursuing, exploring & explaining intangible ideas
Debating
Objectivity
Orating
Reasoning deductively
Self discipline
Curiosity
Close, extensive reading
Open-mindedness
Working independently
Developing theories
Writing clearly
Boiling an argument down to its essence  
Understanding views opposed to your own

Possible job titles for Philosophy majors:
Attorney
Clergy
Consultant
Counselor
Editor
Ethicist
Genealogist
Intelligence Specialist
Journalist
Lobbyist
Non-Profit Administrator
Physician
Professor
Psychologist
Publisher
Social Worker
Teacher
University Official
Web Programmer

Types of employers:
Academic & Professional Journals
Archives & Libraries
Bookstores
Business and Industry
Churches
Colleges
Consulting firms
Educational Institutions
Government Agencies
Hospitals
Insurance Companies
Magazines and Newspapers
Museums
Non-Profit Organizations
Political Parties
Publishing Companies
Religious Organizations
Research Institutes

Career Library Resources:
Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors
, by Blythe Camenson
Liberal Arts Jobs, by Burt Nadler 

Visit the HSC Philosophy Department web site or catalogue!

Other sources of information:
Career counselors and faculty members are great resources.  Visit the Career Development Office early and often, and make time to talk to professors in your major and related fields.  Ask at the Career Development Office for help locating Hampden-Sydney alums in career fields that interest you and set up informational interviews with them.  Professional associations are excellent sources of career and employment information, and many of them have websites.  Surf the internet, keeping in mind that many colleges and universities have websites for their Career Centers and for each academic major, many of which include career and employment information as well as links to professional associations and other useful websites.  Consult the following organizations and websites for more information:

American Philosophical Association 
www.apa.udel.edu/apa

Association for Symbolic Logic
www.aslonline.org

Worldwide Philosophy Resources
www.erraticimpact.com/html/careers.htm