Associate Degree in Philosophy


Politician, $43,000* Political aide, $37,000* Legal secretary, $46,000* Legislative aide, $43,000* Lobbyist, $45,000* Marketing manager, $62,000* Public relations assistant, $50,000* Marketing coordinator, $49,000* News reporter, $44,360** Editor, $62,820** Sociology teacher (postsecondary), $74,470** Education teacher (postsecondary), $65,630** Criminal justice teacher (postsecondary), $62,850** Philosophy teacher (postsecondary), $72,200**

*Annual median salary, 2013, Simply Hired: Riverside area **Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

Career Info

An associate of arts in philosophy degree can prepare you with highly marketable, highly transferable skills that are a stepping stone toward most career paths. It is also the foundation for four-year college studies in philosophy and a variety of liberal arts fields.

Potential Careers

While it might be difficult to find positions as a professional “philosopher,” a philosophy degree can lead to a number of jobs that seek candidates with this training or degrees in liberal arts or humanities. Among the fields where philosophy degrees are most prominent are:

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Criminal justice
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Public service
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign service