Are you a thinker? Philosophy may be a good major for you in case you enjoy pondering questions that may not have concrete answers, weighing alternative points of view and explaining your beliefs to others. Though, the biggest question you may have to answer is "why philosophy?" You (not to mention your parents) may wonder what career will result from this field of study. You will come out of school with a skill set that is highly valued in many occupations as a philosophy major. You will learn how to think critically, analyze information, solve problems and convey complex ideas to others both orally and in writing, for example. Here are several alternative careers for you to consider. Some of them may require, or at least benefit from, additional education. Judges preside over trials and hearings. They listen to lawyers as they present their clients' cases, making sure the proceedings are conducted fairly. Having been trained to consider opposing points of view, philosophy students are very good at this aspect of the job. Although 40 states in the US allow non-lawyers to be judges, many of them arrive at the bench after working as attorneys.

What to do with a degree in philosophy

Majoring in philosophy can help you get a good score on the admission test in case you want to go to law school. Studies have shown that it is among the highest-scoring majors on the LSAT. Mediators help clients settle disputes without going to court. They work with both parties that are involved in the matter, offering suggestions that will allow them to come to an agreement without entering into litigation. As both sides present their cases, mediators must be able to listen objectively. Furthermore they must be adept at clearly explaining complex information. Philosophy majors are skilled in doing both. Human resources specialists recruit, hire and retain companies' or organizations' employees. Philosophy majors can call upon their problem solving skills and objectivity to do their job which sometimes involves resolving workplace conflicts. A dual major or minor in business or human resources can complement a degree in philosophy. Some HR specialists go on to earn an MBA. Public relations specialists work for companies, organizations and governments, communicating with the public on their behalf. Their expertise lies in their ability to present, orally and in writing, complex information. Studying philosophy is good preparation for that aspect of the job. Internships at public relations firms can help one finesse some of the other skills needed for this occupation, for example establishing relationships with the media and public speaking. Marriage and family therapists help clients—families, couples and individuals—manage disorders that include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and addiction. They conduct therapy by taking into account the impact of family dynamics on individuals' mental health. The ability to look at various sides of issues is an important skill and one with which philosophy majors are well-endowed. One must earn a master's degree in marriage and family therapy in order to work in this occupation.