Careers in Philosophy

Through philosophy you will seek a greater understanding of the world we live in and how we should live in it. A broad range of employers will value your strategic thinking, writing, critical thinking and analytical skills. You could consider a role as a technical writer (e.g. in insurance, government agencies, promotional materials), in policy development or in management.

By pairing your philosophy with other study in law, health, technology, science, research or education you will have a competitive edge through your ability to think critically and creatively, discuss big questions intelligently, and develop a convincing argument.

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Skills and attributes

Key skills that graduates of Philosophy demonstrate include:

  • Research and investigation skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Logical thinking and rationality
  • Persuasiveness
  • Intellectual curiosity


Related roles include:

  • Philosophy teacher
  • Qualitative researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Project officer or management consultant

Some related roles may require further study or experience.  Descriptions of occupations, industry career profile, salary and other employment information can be obtained from the My future website.

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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for environmental health graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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