What are some non-academic, non-science careers in which a PhD is a particularly desirable, even necessary, credential?
I just got a PhD in philosophy from a well-known and well-respected research institution. I don't regret doing it--I had a decent income and got to sort out some ideas that would have bugged me forever. But with the academic job market being as bad as it is, and a growing desire for a job I don't take home with me, I'm trying to think of some alternatives.
However, years in higher education seem to have stunted my imagination with respect to careers outside of academe. What I'm wondering is this: where, if anywhere, might the simple fact that I have a PhD give me a leg up?
I've heard plenty of stories about a PhD being a turn-off for some employers (here's an example from an old AskMe
). An old friend is fond of telling the one where Subway wouldn't hire her when they saw it on her resume. Is this universally the case, or are there any non-academic careers where a PhD is an asset, even if it's irrelevant to the kind of work you'd actually be doing?
I'm really open-minded about what kind of work to look into, so anything that comes to mind would be useful. That said, my skills and interests are about what you'd expect somebody with a PhD in philosophy to be: writing, research, analytic thought, organizing long-term projects, and so on.