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What can I do with my degree in Philosophy?

Philosophy careers

The occupations below are a selection of those which may interest students and graduates from the School of Philosophy.

University Lecturer

As well as teaching through lectures and seminars, academic staff in higher education also carry out research and a wide range of administrative and pastoral tasks. Although a teaching qualification is not required, you will need a higher degree, normally a PhD. Competition is strong for entry-level academic posts.

Job profile of a higher education lecturer on the Prospects website
Job profile of a higher education lecturer on the TARGET Jobs website
I Want to Work in: A University

Civil Service Fast Stream Administrator

The Fast Stream is a development programme designed to prepare graduates for careers at the highest levels of the Civil Service and Diplomatic Service.
Job profile of an Civil Service Fast Streamer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Civil Service administrator from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a diplomat from the TARGET Jobs website
Civil Service Fast Stream website

Publishing Copy-Editor/Proofreader

Publishing Copy-Editors or Proofreaders work across a range of publications.  They are concerned with the clarity, quality and consistency of the writing as well as ensuring that it is credible and complete.

Job profile of a Publishing Copy-Editor/Proofreader on the Prospects website
Job profile of a Publishing Copy-Editor on the Creativepool website
Job profile of a Publishing Proofreader on the Creativepool website
I want to work in: Publishing

Secondary School Teacher

To teach in state schools (excluding academies and free schools) in England and Wales, you must complete a period of “initial teacher training”, such as a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course or school-centred training, which leads to Qualified Teacher Status.
Job profile of a secondary school teacher from the Prospects website
Job profile of a secondary school teacher from the TARGET Jobs website
I Want to Work In: Teaching

Social Researcher

Social Researchers collect, analyse and present information and data from social research projects.  They investigate attitudes, behaviours and experiences of population samples on particular issues.

Job profile of a Social Researcher on the Prospects website
Job profile of a Social Researcher on the Target Jobs website
Job profile of a Government Research Officer on the Target Jobs website

Please note that some of these careers may require further study.

For further information on these careers, see also:

People in some Philosophy roles may be self-employed

Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.

 

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019