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Like many liberal arts, philosophy does not aim at studying the subject matter of any particular occupational field. Nevertheless, studying philosophy provides a uniquely rigorous intellectual training that equips its graduates with critical thinking and verbal skills that give them an advantage in virtually any career they choose to pursue. Many students combine philosophy with a course of study related to the occupation of their choice because studying philosophy will help boost their standardized test scores and enhance their desirability to employers and postgraduate institutions in comparison to their peers who lack the rigorous intellectual training of a philosophy degree.
 Nieswiadomy, Michael, LSAT Scores of Economics Majors: The 2008-2009 Class Update (June 25, 2009), http://ssrn.com/abstract=1430654
 Based on unpublished 1999 data from the Law Schools Admission Council, according to “Majoring in Philosophy at Simons” http://www.simmons.edu/undergraduate/academics/departments/philosophy/docs/Philosophy-Handbook.pdf, and “Is Majoring in Philosophy Right For You” http://www2.gsu.edu/~phlkkk/foryou.html.
 Graduate Management Admisssion Council, “Profile of Graduate Admissions Test Candidates 2006-07 to 2010-11.” http://www.gmac.com/~/media/Files/gmac/Research/GMAT%20Test%20Taker%20Data/profileofgmatcandidates_ty200607to201011.pdf
 Jung, Paul, “Major Anxiety: If You Think Biochemistry is Your Ticket Into Medical School, Think Again” The New Physician, 49: 6 (September 2000), http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/Publications/TheNewPhysician/2000/tnp275.aspx
 Educational Testing Service, “Table 4: General Test Percentage Distribution of Scores Within Intended Broad Graduate Major Field Based on Seniors and Nonenrolled College Graduates” (2012), http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_guide_table4.pdf. In 2011-2012 the mean Verbal score for philosophy was 160, the mean Analytic Writing score for philosophy was 4.4, and the mean Quantitative score for philosophy was 153.
 Fogg, Neeta and Harrington, Paul. The College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs. 2nd ed. Indianapolis: JIST Publishing (2004). Ch. 47.
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