Philosopher & Ethicist
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Formally educated philosophers try to answer some of the fundamental human questions about art, free will, morality, time and space, truth and the relationship between the brain and the physical world. A teaching position at a college or a university is a typical career path for philosophy students. They also consult with other professionals, such as computer programmers, government officials, healthcare providers, politicians, policymakers and scientists. Other career fields where critical thinkers can find a home include business, government, journalism, law and social services. (Learningpath.org)
A Clinical Ethicist helps to resolve ethical problems that arise in clinical medicine. They offer guidance to patients, their families, and professional staff on ethical, legal and policy issues and concerns that stem from dealings between health care professionals and patients. They may also aide in developing policy, doing research, and providing education about ethics for others in the organization where they work. Clinical ethicists work in a variety of organizations, including hospitals, physician group practices, government agencies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and medical research centres. (Sokanu)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online: Philosophy Teacher - U.S. occupational descriptions and information
- A Day in the Life of a Philosopher - The Princeton Review
- Career Handbook for Philosophy Majors - University of Florida
- Sokanu: Clinical Ethicist - occupational info and videos (U.S.)
- Article: The techno-ethicist - Queen's Alumni Review
- Careers in Ethics - overview and examples of employment areas from Fordham University
- Philosophy: A brief guide for undergraduates - American Philosophical Association (APA)
Professional Philosophers and Ethicists typically have graduate degrees (Masters or PhD) in philosophy, ethics, or a related discipline. Clinical Ethicists often complete a fellowship following the completion of their graduate program. The University of Manitoba provides a Bachelors and Masters degree in Philosophy. Please view the links below for information on U of M courses and programs, as well as Philosophy programs in North America.
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
- Philosophy M.A. program - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Exploring Other Education Options
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- The APA Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy - APA
- Bioethics and Humanities programs in the U.S. - American Society for Bioethics + Humanities
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - information for foreign-trained professionals
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Philosophy and Religion Post-Secondary Teachers - Occupational Employment Statistics (U.S)
- Data and Information on the Field of Philosophy - APA
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Canadian Philosophical Association
- Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science
- Canadian Philosophy of Education Society
- Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy
- Society for Philosophy and Psychology
- The Society for Philosophy and Technology
- Society for Business Ethics
- Canadian Bioethics Society
- American Philosophical Association (APA)
- American Society for Bioethics + Humanities (ASBH)
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