A career in philosophy usually means college teaching, and that requires graduate work leading to the Ph.D. But an undergraduate major in philosophy is excellent preparation for graduate work and careers in many other fields, including business, government, journalism, law, and medicine. Nationally, philosophy majors achieve among the highest scores on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), LSAT (Law School Admission Test), and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Philosophy emphasizes thinking for oneself, considering different opinions sympathetically but critically, broad learning, and seeing the big picture — qualities that are prized by graduate schools and employers.

Careers of New Paltz Philosophy Graduates

In the summer of 1997 the Philosophy Department mailed a questionnaire to New Paltz graduates (1970-1997) who had majored in philosophy. Of the 103 questionnaires that were mailed we received 28 responses detailing present occupations, previous jobs, and further degrees attained. The survey also posed these two questions to the graduates:

How has your philosophy major been helpful in graduate work or in finding a job?
Has your philosophy major been helpful in everyday life?

»View the survey results

Links to Relevant Web sites

The following links will take you to sites on the internet that may be helpful in finding a job after graduation:

eRucruiting: SUNY New Paltz Career Resource Center

The Monster Board: You may enter and store your resume at this site. Job listings that match your skills will be e-mailed to you weekly. Use of this service is free.

Careermosaic: This site includes job postings organized by location. Use of this service is free.

College Grad Job Hunter: Offers job postings and job searching advice. Use of this service is free.

HRS Federal Job Search: This site lists available federal jobs, and will send you descriptions of available jobs that fit your profile. Use of this service is free.