Philosophy

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

8,644

declining 7.23%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,924

growing 4.15%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$35,215

growing 3.81%

Average Wage

$77,764

declining 2.39%

People in Workforce

335,846

growing 0.694%

Average Employee Age

44.8

growing 0.54%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Philosophy degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Philosophy degree recipients are Conception, MO, Shrewsbury, MO, and Epworth, IA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Philosophy is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Philosophy and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Los Angeles awards the most degrees in Philosophy in the US, but Saint John Vianney College Seminary and Conception Seminary College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Philosophy.

Tuition costs for Philosophy majors are, on average, $6,924 for in-state public colleges, and $35,215 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Philosophy programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (509 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (4,763 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Philosophy, is Public, 4-year or above (4,763 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Philosophy programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,924

Median In-State Public

$35,215

Median Out of State Private

University of California-Los Angeles has the most Philosophy degree recipients, with 127 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Philosophy programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Saint John Vianney College Seminary and Conception Seminary College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Philosophy, with 100% and 86.7%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Philosophy

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors is $77,764 and the most common occupations are Clergy, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Postsecondary teachers.

The industry that employs the most Philosophy and Religious Studies majors is Religious organizations, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$77,764

Average Wage in Workforce

± $3,632

2.39%

1 Year Growth

± 7.02%

The average salary for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors is $77,764 and the most common occupations are Clergy, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Philosophy and Religious Studies majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Philosophy and Religious Studies majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Philosophy and Religious Studies majors working as Clergy, Directors, religious activities & education, and Judicial law clerks.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors are Dentists, Financial analysts, and Physicians & surgeons.

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Occupations by Share

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335,846

2017 Workforce

± 14,212

0.694%

1 Year Growth

± 5.95%

The number of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.694%, from 333,532 in 2016 to 335,846 in 2017.

The largest single share of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates go on to work as Clergy (10.5%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Philosophy and Religious Studies by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Philosophy is from the 2 Digit Course Philosophy and Religious Studies.

335,846

2017 Workforce

± 14,212

0.694%

1 Year Growth

± 5.95%

The number of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.694%, from 333,532 in 2016 to 335,846 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates by share is Religious organizations, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Philosophy and Religious Studies majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies is 44.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Philosophy and Religious Studies degrees, and White students earn the majority (5,406) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Philosophy is from the 2 Digit Course Philosophy and Religious Studies.

44.8

Average Age in 2017

± 0.609 Years

0.54%

1 Year Change

± 1.93%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 33 and 31 years old, which represent 3.21% and 3.18% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Philosophy are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Philosophy and Religious Studies are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (67.8%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Philosophy.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,406 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,038 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    477 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Philosophy for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    3,137 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,378 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    577 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Philosophy. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Philosophy is from the 2 Digit Course Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Korea

    3,428 degree recipients

  2. India

    3,282 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    2,944 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Egypt

    5.14 times more than expected

  2. Japan

    4.92 times more than expected

  3. South Africa

    4.45 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Egypt that hold Philosophy and Religious Studies degrees (5.14 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Korea (3,428 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Philosophy field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Philosophy majors need many skills, but most especially Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Philosophy majors need more than the average amount of Writing, Critical Thinking, and Learning Strategies.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Philosophy majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Writing is very distinctive for majors, but the Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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