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What's the use of a Philosophy degree?

Why philosophy makes educational and economic sense for students.
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Michael Boyle

on 13 April 2015

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Transcript of What's the use of a Philosophy degree?

Professional Schools
LSAT
: Philosophy tied with Economics for highest scores
GMAT: Philosophy outperforms *ALL* business majors
Philosophy and Medicine
Mean MCAT scores for Philosophy and other humanities majors
exceed those for *All* biological sciences majors
.
Philosophy and Technology
Philosophy has demonstrated great value for people in the IT industry:

Danielle Sheer: Carbonite
Stuart Butterfield: Flickr
Reid Hoffman: LinkedIn
Damon Horowitz: Google
Why Philosophy?
Because, besides giving you a real education and skills that you'll have for life, it's proven preparation for a career in:

Law
Business
Medicine
Technology

Show Me the Money
Philosophy and Medicine
Fun Fact:
Philosophy majors have *high rates of acceptance* to medical schools, and humanities majors are second only to math and statistics majors
.
Basic English language & computer skills? Meh. Plenty of people have those.

Employer costs? You're probably
more expensive
to hire than the other person.

Access to technology? Nope. The US has notoriously slow & expensive Internet speeds compared to other industrialized nations.
What's the use of a Philosophy degree?
Philosophy and Globalization
You will not just be competing with people in the same local area for employment opportunities, but
very likely with people from all over the world
.
Philosophy is the
top-ranked humanities major for mid-career salaries
, and #49 of 129 total majors surveyed.
Fun fact:
Philosophy and Math majors are tied for biggest percentile gains
from the beginning of a job to mid-career.
What do you have to offer?


What does
Philosophy have to offer you?
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.apaonline.org/resource/resmgr/Data_on_Profession/Philosophy_performance_on_LS.pdf

http://www.humanitiesindicators.org/content/indicatordoc.aspx?i=65
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2013/09/11/choose-the-right-undergraduate-major-for-medical-school
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2013/09/11/choose-the-right-undergraduate-major-for-medical-school

http://cla.calpoly.edu/assets/phil/docs/MajorAnxietyMCAT.pdf
http://www.fastcompany.com/3034947/the-future-of-work/why-top-tech.ceos-want-employees-with-liberal-arts-degrees

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/why-philosophy-majors-rule_n_4891404.html
https://books.google.com/books?id=HTCfsZECnFkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=global+auction&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nvMhVevNKomfsAWLhIDYBw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
https://books.google.com/books?id=HTCfsZECnFkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=global+auction&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nvMhVevNKomfsAWLhIDYBw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/06/272480919/when-it-comes-to-high-speed-internet-u-s-falling-way-behind
http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2014/majors-that-pay-you-back

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-Degrees_that_Pay_you_Back-sort.html
A Philosophy degree will
give you the proven skills to
succeed in a number of
major industries and
professions,
skills that
will put you ahead of
many of your peers
.
Inquisitive and reflective learning habits,
as opposed to scantron rote learning?
Yes!
Critical Thinking skills?
Yes!
The ability to engage in open-ended
creative thought?
Yes!
What Employers
Say:

93% concur: “...a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.”
http://aacu.org/sites/default/files/files/LEAP/2013_EmployerSurvey.pdf
Philosophy is
the
critical
thinking major.
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