What Do Philosophy Majors Do? LinkedIn’s Answer


LinkedIn, a service I am familiar with largely through doing battle with its hydra-like emailing, has a feature called “Field of Study Explorer.” Its aim is to provide information to would be college students about the kinds of jobs and employers different majors end up with. Of course, what the service really tells you is what kinds of jobs and employers that different majors who are members of LinkedIn and have filled out enough information about themselves end up with. According to the “Explorer,” 391,527 members of LinkedIn studied philosophy in college. Below, I’ve listed the top ten categories of employment and the top ten largest employers of philosophy-majors-turned-LinkedIn-members.   

The top ten categories of employment for philosophy majors with LinkedIn accounts are:

1 · education (47,597)
2 · media and communication (40,154)
3 · entrepreneurship (31,844)
4 · operations (24,271)
5 · legal (24,601)
6 · sales (24,448)
7 · research (23,217)
8 · consulting (22,823)
9 · information technology (18,864)
10 · arts and design (18,320)

(The list goes on, and it becomes apparent from the numbers that some members have listed more than one category of employment.)

The top ten employers of philosophy majors with LinkedIn accounts are:

1 · IBM (603)
2 · US Army (477)
3 · Microsoft (466)
4 · Google (466)
5 · PwC (460)
6 · Deloitte (453)
7 · Accenture (427)
8 · EY (391)
9 · Hewlett-Packard (332)
10 · Apple (330)

A brief news item about the service is here.

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