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A Comprehensive Guide for a Career in Philosophy

Career in Philosophy

Philosophy has off late gained prominence as a discipline with interesting job prospects. With more and more opportunities opening in this field in the country and abroad, Philosophy as a discipline will have many more takers in the future. This article would give you all the latest info to pursue a career in philosophy and much more.

What is Philosophy all about?

The term philosophy was coined by the Greek thinker Pythagoras and has been overused since then in an extremely shallow sense. But philosophy is so much more than getting all preachy about life; it requires a deeper study of science, civilization, human psychology and politics through the ages. It, as a subject, delves deep into general and fundamental issues related to existence, knowledge, reason, mind, and language.

Philosophy is not a standalone subject but combines various aspects of history, psychology, politics, logic, ethics, and religion of India and the world.  The study of philosophy requires a passion for the subject and a deep desire to attain knowledge because philosophy as a subject can not be restricted to a couple of fields and it combines certain elements of everything.

The study of philosophy is not new, but earlier due to lack of job opportunity, many students were demotivated to take it as their primary field of study. But things are changing gradually. These days, when more and more youngsters are gaining interest in understanding the socio-political functioning of the country, this subject, once again, is getting popular. The space to argue and debate is the need of humans at all times, and a career in philosophy provides all the necessary tools for it, and hence more and more career-oriented students are opting for it with each passing year.

Educational Requirement

To pursue a career in philosophy, you can go for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and/or a Masters of Arts in Philosophy. In order to do a BA in Philosophy, you need to have completed 10+2 from either state or central board in any stream. The duration for this course is three years and the cut off varies from college to college. Though anything more than 80% is enough to help you get into a good college offering Bachelors in Philosophy.

Students who want to pursue higher studies for a successful career in philosophy also go for a Masters in Philosophy you need to have completed a Bachelors’s in any stream. Most of the universities require at least 50% marks in bachelor’s. The duration of this course is three years. You can also opt for an M.Phil in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Philosophy the eligibility for which is an M.A degree.

Top Indian Institutes

St-Stephens, Delhi UniversityBA in
Miranda House, Delhi universityB.A. in
Madras Christian College B.A/M.A10+2 B.A. in any streamChennai 
Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy, Delhi University M.A/M.Phil/Ph.D.B.A. in any stream/M.A. in PhilosophyDelhi  
School for Social Studies, Centre for Philosophy, JNU M.A/M.Phil/Ph.D.B.A. in any stream/M.A. in PhilosophyDelhi 
Aligarh Muslim UniversityB.A


B.A. in any stream
Aligarh, UP

Top International Institutes

Columbia UniversityBachelors/


BA in any stream
MA in any stream
New York UniversityBachelors



BA in any stream

MA in any stream
New York,
University of OxfordBachelors/


BA in any stream

MA in any stream
Oxford, UK
London School of Economics and Political ScienceBsc/MSc/

BA in any stream

MA in any stream
London, UK
University of California, BerkeleyBachelors/ Masters/Ph.D.10+2

BA in any stream

MA in any stream
California, USA    

As a philosophy student, you have the option of specializing in various fields. For example, the London School of Economics offers various combinations such as BSc.  Philosophy and Economics,  BSc. Philosophy, Logic and Scientific method, BSc. Politics, Philosophy and Economics and BSc. Politics and Philosophy. It offers MSc. degrees with the same combination. Some of the other specializations include:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics

Job Opportunities

A career in philosophy offers a number of opportunities to graduates and postgraduates. Despite the common perception, philosophy students do have bright job prospects, but philosophy as a subject should be studied with passion and not with the aim of securing a cushy job because it is a highly demanding stream.

As a philosophy student, you can find job opportunities in the following sectors such as student affairs, public service, journalism, research, etc. Students who have done research on philosophy can opt for teaching jobs in research institutes, universities, and colleges. Philosophy graduates can also work as advisors, lobbyists, and specialists in HR, etc. In addition to this, a degree in philosophy helps you prepare for a career in law and civil services.

In the words of Dr. Deepti Gangavane, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy, Fergusson College, Pune

“Career opportunities in Philosophy primarily belong to the field of academics, that is, opportunities in teaching and research. The students of Philosophy can also opt for competitive examinations for the civil services at the State and Central level or enter the field of business administration with specializations in areas such as Human Resource Development. There is also a possibility of taking up professions such as journalism, creative writing, etc., where you need to have a way with words as well as a very good grasp of abstract ideas and thoughts and sharp analytical skills”.

Salary Structure

The starting salary of a philosophy graduate in the fields of public service, research and journalism is generally around 10,000 – 15,000 per month but it increases with time and experience gathered. Private companies that hire philosophy graduates as HR generally pay around 20,000-25,000 in the beginning.

For a fresher with a Bachelors’s degree in Philosophy, the annual salary is around 2,00,000 that gradually increases with time. After you get an experience of 5 years, you can get a salary of around 9,00,000 – 10,00,000 INR per annum.
With an, you can earn around  INR1, 578,000 per year, and as a research scientist around INR 6,50,000- 7,00,000 annually. This subject is more popular among females than males with a ratio of 17:8, which means for every 17 girls there are 8 males in this stream.

Fee Structure

The fee structure in most Indian colleges is around 10,000-15,000 for bachelor for the entire duration of three years.
For the Masters, it is around 10,000, same for Ph.D.


Philosophy is an interesting and diverse subject that offers you an interesting insight into the various facets of the social and political behavior of humankind. If you love to think and have an opinion on everything under the sun then this is the right course for you. A career in philosophy is the best career option for those who have interests in this career field.

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