Philosophy as a Career Option
The term philosophy was introduced by the Greek thinker Pythagoras. Philosophy is a subject that studies deep into general and fundamental issues related to existence, knowledge, reason, mind, and language. It is among those subjects which offer too many choices to the students opting for it. The subject includes politics, logic, ethics, and religion
There are several benefits of studying the subject as s philosopher will develop reasoned arguments, will communicate effectively; also will have the ability to speak, think, write more clearly. Philosophers are known to have more creative and original solutions to problems.
How to be
To be eligible for admission to a bachelor’s degree in the subject, one must clear his/her 10+2 level having the subject philosophy as a core subject from a recognized institution. The eligibility criterion for admission in a master’s course in Philosophy is holding a bachelor’s degree in the subject.
Specializations available in Philosophy are:
– Political Philosophy
– Philosophy of Language
– Philosophy of Mind
Courses available in Philosophy are:
– Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
– Masters of Arts in Philosophy
– Masters of Philosophy in Philosophy(M.Phil)
– Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy
Career opportunities in Philosophy have primarily belonged to the field of academics that is opportunities in teaching and research (requires UGCNET, B.ED & Ph.D.)
The students of Philosophy can also opt for competitive exams for the civil services at the state or central level.
They can even enter the field of business administration with specializations in areas such as Human Resource Development, interviewer, consultant as well as in diplomacy
There are also possibilities of taking up professions like 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.
Remuneration: The people from this field are paid quite well. While a person starting their career in the field can expect Rs. 10,000-15,000 but be assured that as one can gather experience with time their salary will increase considerably.
Where to look:-
Some popular Arts colleges and universities for studying Philosophy in India
-Institute of Life Sciences, School of Science and Technology-Ahmedabad, Gujarat
– University of Delhi,
-Lady Shri Ram College for women, New Delhi
-Miranda House, New Delhi
-Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
-Jamia Milia Islamia Univesity, New Delhi
Hope this helps you in making an informed career choice. All the best.