Philosophy & Religious Studies
Types of Degrees Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many philosophy and religious studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, philosophy and religious studies majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors
Philosophy and Religious Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Skills for Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors
A major in philosophy and religious studies prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Abilities for Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors
As you progress with your philosophy and religious studies degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
What Can You Do With a Philosophy & Religious Studies Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with philosophy and religious studies:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Professors||10.4%||$74,440|
|Mathematical Science Professors||9.4%||$73,230|
|Natural Sciences Managers||9.9%||$123,860|
|Philosophy and Religion Professors||12.3%||$71,890|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Philosophy & Religious Studies?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of philosophy and religious studies majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||100|
|Hispanic or Latino||154|
Students from other countries are interested in Philosophy & Religious Studies, too. About 10.9% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
The median early-career salary of philosophy and religious studies students with a master’s degree is $41,150 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $37,325 (25th percentile) and $45,650 (75th percentile).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to philosophy and religious studies.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $85,450 to $104,870 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to philosophy and religious studies. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Philosophy & Religious Studies
Some careers associated with philosophy and religious studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for philosophy and religious studies careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||0.0%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||1.4%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||0.9%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||1.5%|
Online Philosophy & Religious Studies Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,216 schools offered some type of philosophy and religious studies program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||58||7|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||27||5|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||9||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||175||6|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||1||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||4||0|
Is a Degree in Philosophy & Religious Studies Worth It?
The median salary for a philosophy and religious studies grad is $87,140 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 118% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $944,800 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Philosophy & Religious Studies
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to philosophy and religious studies.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||547,539|
|Visual & Performing Arts||153,295|
|English Language & Literature||59,299|
|Foreign Languages & Linguistics||34,386|
|Theology & Religious Vocations||32,172|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
More about our data sources and methodologies.