I just came across some astonishing statistics. They’re a little out of date, but I doubt much has changed.

First, the not-news: the people who got the highest scores on the GMAT between 2007 and 2012 majored in: 1. Physics, 2. Mathematics and 3. Engineering.

Now for the surprise. In place 4, we have: Philosophy.

On the 2014 LSAT (Law School Aptitude Test), the highest scorers had majored in . . . Philosophy.

The highest scores on the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) were achieved by students who had majored in Philosophy.

Who got the highest scores on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE? Philosophy majors.

The highest Composite GRE Scores . . . Philosophy again, and by far.

The Mid-Career Salaries of Non-STEM Majors were highest for people who had majored in Philosophy. They were higher than the salaries of students who had majored in Business Economics, Marketing or Business Administration. The lifetime earnings of Philosophy majors far exceeded those of students who had majored in other fields of humanities.

Athena Advises


“It stands to reason,” observed my husband, who happens to be a Professor of . . . Philosophy.” In addition to quantitative and analytic skills, Philosophy majors acquire advanced facility with the spoken and written word.”

So if your son or daughter comes home excited about the class in Theory of Knowledge, or tentatively suggests that he or she might like to major in . . . Philosophy . . . don’t shriek! Your teenager may qualify for one of the most demanding courses of study; one which is likely to yield a great deal of satisfaction in life, as well as considerable professional rewards.

Dr. Marlena Corcoran
Founder and CEO

All statistics were found on http://www.whystudyphilosophy.com/p/charts-graphs….

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