Have you always been fascinated by the meaning of things, ideas and how ancient and modern cultures have tackled some of life’s most basic philosophical queries and human realities? Have you wondered how concepts of freedom, happiness and justice have evolved in history and been treated by great thinkers over time? Majoring in Philosophy will expose you to the traditional areas of philosophic pedagogy through an interdisciplinary approach and will help you understand various critical contemporary challenges ranging from fields such as feminist studies to cognitive science. Whether you use this background as a springboard into a career fresh out of school or as preparation for a particular career goal, groundwork in Philosophy can be a most exciting direction for your education and your future.

Career Options in Philosophy

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Philosophy. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Philosophy degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Philosophy than others.

  • Activist
  • Author
  • Archivist
  • Blogger
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Community Centre Director
  • Diplomat
  • Entrepreneur
  • Freelance Writer
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Historian
  • Historical Site Coordinator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • International Development Worker
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer/Legal Aid Representative
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Politician
  • Political Strategist
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Social Service Worker
  • Speech Writer
  • UN Representative

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.