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What Can I Do With a Philosophy Degree?

You can do just about anything with a philosophy degree!  Why?  Because classes in philosophy teach you how to think clearly about complex and difficult problems, and how to think about solving them.  And if you can think well, you can do just about anything.  Here's the proof:

Philosophy majors have a median mid-career salary of $78,300, beating more ``practical'' majors like marketing and communications, accounting, nursing, and business administration.  Impressively, this statistic EXCLUDES anyone with an undergraduate philosophy degree that goes on to graduate school to get degrees such as a J.D., an M.D., an M.B.A., or a Ph.D.  On that note...

Philosophy majors get the second highest average score on the LSAT, the laws school admission exam.* A philosophy degree is just about the best possible preparation one can get for law school.

Philosophy majors have the highest acceptance rate to medical school. 

Philosophers have the highest overall score on the GRE. *

Philosophy majors have the third highest average score on the GMAT exam.* A philosophy degree is also an excellent preparation for a business degree. 

It is not a secret how valuable a philosophy degree is:

Carolyn Gregoire, ``The Unexpected Way Philosophers are Changing the World of Business'', The Huffington Post, 03/06/2014.

Edward Tenner, ``Is Philosophy the Most Practical Major?'', The Atlantic, 10/16/2011.

, ``I Think Therefore I Earn'', The Guardian, 11/19/2007.*

*PDFs from Tomás Bogardus's excellent site Why Study Philosophy?