Careers in the field of philosophy primarily involve teaching philosophy at colleges and universities. These teaching positions require advanced degrees, usually a Ph.D., and competition for positions is often fierce. Only students who are talented and dedicated should consider a career teaching philosophy.

However, philosophy courses and/or an undergraduate philosophy degree provide excellent preparation for a variety of careers. Most graduate and professional schools look favorably on a philosophy degree because philosophical training enhances writing and critical thinking skills.

Many studies have shown that employers seek employees who have the skills that philosophy is particular good at developing. The ability to organize ideas, get to the heart of an issue quickly, think through and solve problems, and communicate effectively are useful in almost any field. Thus, students with philosophical training have the intellectual flexibility to cope with the diverse and rapidly changing contemporary workplace.