Individuals who are considered to be professional philosophers are generally people who have graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and who have gone on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy. Upon earning a Ph.D. in philosophy most philosophers apply for jobs as college or university professors. As employees of a college or university philosophers are not only responsible for teaching courses on philosophy but they are also tasked with conducting research studies into the history of philosophical theories and for promoting and conducting research on their own philosophical ideas. The majority of philosophers work for colleges and universities but some work for private corporations and some professional philosophers work as independent consultants to companies such as financial institutions or medical research companies. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary website philosophers are often referred to as “scholars” or “thinkers.” They typically focus their careers on studying one or two specific philosophies. They commonly dedicate their careers to studying the philosophy behind a specific religion concept or theory. As college or university professors philosophers teach students about specific philosophical ideas and they attempt to persuade heir students to understand and expand on those ideas. However besides being experts in one or two philosophical areas they are usually expected to teach a variety of courses in subjects such as introduction to philosophy history of modern philosophy ancient philosophy political philosophy and ethical philosophy. The website says that the median annual salary for a typical philosopher is approximately $85000.

Education Required: Doctoral Degree
Avg Salary: $85000
High Salary: $95000
Low Salary: $75000
Tasks: Teaches philosophy at a college or university.
Researches philosophical theories.
Attempts to prove or disprove philosophical theories.
Works to resolve ethical issues using philosophy.
Also Called: Scholar
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