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**

Coaches and Scouts, $32,748.99***

Philosophy and Religion Teacher, Postsecondary, $99,925.13***

*Annual median salary, 2013, Simply Hired: Riverside area

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

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