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General Philosophy & Religion

9 Master's Degrees Annually
29 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#295 in Popularity (Master's)
$82,420 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Philosophy & Religion 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
Doctor’s Degree 29
Master’s Degree 9

What General Philosophy & Religion Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, philosophy and religion 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 & Religion Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in philosophy and religion should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • 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.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills for Philosophy & Religion Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to philosophy and religion:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Philosophy & Religion Majors

A major in philosophy and religion will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a General Philosophy & Religion Major?

People with a philosophy and religion degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Philosophy and Religion Professors 12.3% $71,890

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in General Philosophy & Religion?

9 Master's Degrees Annually
11% Percent Women
0% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major attracts more men than women. About 89% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of philosophy and religion majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Philosophy & Religion Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 7
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Philosophy & Religion. About 11.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Australia

How Much Do General Philosophy & Religion Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Philosophy and Religion majors often go into careers with median salaries of $82,420. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

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Some degrees associated with philosophy and religion may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for philosophy and religion careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Master’s Degree 12.9%
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. 0.6%
Doctoral Degree 72.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 12.3%

Online General Philosophy & Religion Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 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) 2 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 1
Associate’s Degree 4 2
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 1
Master’s Degree 5 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Philosophy & Religion Worth It?

The median salary for a philosophy and religion grad is $82,420 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 107% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $850,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to philosophy and religion.

Major Number of Grads
Philosophy 9,834
Religious Studies 5,941
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 311

References

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