The Practical Value of Philosophy

"While the main aim of a liberal arts degree is not to get you a job (it's more valuable than that), nonetheless, pursuing an academic degree seriously will give you a lot of skills which will make you a valuable employee...for an almost open-ended number of careers."
The Philosophy Major's Handbook


The Value of Philosophy to a Business Leader. Chicago Business Journal, 1 June 2016.
"Business degrees cultivate specific skills...A well-architected philosophy and great books program will teach your son how to think broadly about how life actually works. The latter provides a far better foundation for learning how to lead."
Why I was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors. The Wall Street Journal, 1 June 2016.
"Looking back at the tech teams that I’ve built at my companies, it’s evident that individuals with liberal arts degrees are by far the sharpest, best­-performing software developers and technology leaders. Often these modern techies have degrees in philosophy, history, and music – even political science, which was my degree."
Teaching Kids Philosophy Makes Them Smarter in Math and English. Quartz, 9 March 2016.
"Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills...The beneficial effects of philosophy lasted for two years, with the intervention group continuing to outperform the control group long after the classes had finished."
"The Earning Power of Philosophy Majors," The Atlantic, 3 September 2015.
"There’s one humanities major whose graduates are doing quite well in the job market—and it’s philosophy majors."

"An Open letter to Marco Rubio (and Other Deriders of the Humanities" From a Fellow Cuban-American," Huffington Post, 28 August 2015.

"That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket," Forbes, 29 July 2015.

"Why We Need Philosophers Engaged in Public Life," National Public Radio, 22 June 2015.

"A Philosophy Degree Earns More Than an Accounting Degree," Yahoo Finance, 30 January 2015.

"Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return on Investment," Forbes, 20 November 2014. 

"How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader," Harvard Business Review, 19 September 2014.

"The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors are Changing the World of Business," Huffington Post, 5 March 2014.

"Nine Famous Execs Who Majored in Philosophy," Business Insider, 19 January 2014.

"How to Get a Job With a Philosophy Degree," New York Times Magazine, 13 September 2013.

"Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates," Physics Central, 29 July 2013.

"Be Employable; Study Philosophy," Salon, 3 July 2013.

"A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade," Forbes, 13 November 2012.

"Philosophy--What's the Use?," New York Times, 25 January 2012.

"Philosophy Valued At One Community College," All Things Considered, January 2011.

"Philosophy Is Back in Business," Business Week, January 2010. 


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Salary by major and degree (fromPay Scale)


American Philosophical Association's Guide for Undergraduates

American Philosophical Associations' Guide to Graduate Programs

"Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight" (from the American Association of Colleges and Universities)

How Does Philosophy Relate to My Career?" (from Wilfred Laurier University)

"What Can You Do with a Humanities Degree?" (from University of Central Florida)

“The Usefulness of Philosophy to Society”  (by John Cleese; audio)

“The Benefits of Studying Philosophy”  (by Dr. Angie Hobbs, University of Warwick, audio)