Philosophical questions arise in every discipline and in every occupation. Some are the 'Big Questions' that all of us as reflective beings are compelled to ask: Does God exist? Is knowledge possible? What is the best life? Are there objective moral truths? Are we purely physical beings? Do we have free will? Other philosophical questions are not quite as grand in scope, but are important nonetheless. Some concern, for example, the philosophical foundations of a particular science, or an ethical dilemma in a particular profession. Others are about the proper analysis of a central concept -- e.g. evidence, cause, obligation, belief, happiness, justice -- or the resolution of a puzzle or paradox.
Philosophers approach all such questions systematically, paying close attention to detail and placing a premium on clarity. Students taking philosophy courses learn (1) to reason carefully and critically; (2) to express themselves clearly in writing and speaking; (3) to think creatively and constructively about difficult, abstract problems; (4) to detect and debunk fallacious reasoning and superficial, facile solutions; and (5) to identify and evaluate their own beliefs.
Philosophy majors are well-equipped for any profession requiring creative and careful thought; many pursue graduate or professional degrees.