The study of philosophy is not only valuable in its own right but has practical benefits as well. Philosophy teaches one how to read, write, and think critically, three abilities that are extremely valuable to employers. A degree in philosophy is excellent preparation for any career that requires clear thinking and strong analytical skills. This includes the law, medicine, journalism, teaching, and the clergy, as well as work in corporations, government, and non-profit organizations.
Thanks to their excellent reasoning skills, philosophy majors tend to be especially successful when taking standardized tests (such as the GRE, the MCAT, or the LSAT) to compete for admission to graduate school.