Christian Minich, alumnus, now a data analyst THINK BIG. GO FAR- Christian Minich '12 double-majored in philosophy and economics and is now a clinical data analyst for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "I'm a problem solver. A lot of philosophy, like a lot of economics, is about solving problems. It prepared me for what I do today."

Growing Demand Brings Rich Rewards to Philosophy Graduates

Statistics reveal that a philosophy degree gives you a competitive edge when seeking a good job.

Why? Your undergraduate major attracts employers who rely on critical thinking, communication, and an ability to think clearly about ethical matters. Your agile mind and problem-solving ability also make you a natural leader and valued team member. This may be why the Wall Street Journalhas reported that the mid-career average salary for professionals with your skill set is approximately $81,000the seventh-highest mid-career average salary of all majors available at IUP. For more information, please see, "Why study philosophy?"

Alumni Careers, Advanced Degrees

Read about some of our philosophy alumni now in graduate school and pursuing careers.


With a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, your employment choices will be plentiful. Consider the broad range of career successes enjoyed by IUP alumni:

  • College professor
  • Attorney
  • Information technology expert
  • Federal Reserve analyst
  • B2B account manager
  • U.S. Army officer
  • Health industry professional
  • Web developer
  • Consulting firm executive
  • Public agency employee
  • Social worker
  • Property development agent
  • Financial analyst
  • Human resources manager

Path to higher degrees

With a philosophy degree from IUP, you can pursue many different higher degrees. The following are some of the more common ones:

  • Juris Doctor (Law degree)
  • MA in Philosophy
  • PhD in Philosophy