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On just about everybody's list of hot skills are communication and analysis.  So, who has those skills?  How about philosophy majors?  Philosophy majors who took the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) finished first among all fields in both verbal and writing skills. 

Philosophy students consistently rank among the highest-scoring majors on the GRE.  They score higher than every other major in the Humanities, higher than every major in Education, higher than every major in Business, higher than every major in the Life Sciences, higher than every major listed under Other Fields, and higher than five out of the six majors listed in the Social Sciences.  In fact, Philosophy students score higher than any other major in two of the three GRE sections--Verbal and Writing--and score highest overall in all three sections.

Verbal Score:
Philosophy majors have the highest scores on the Verbal section of the GRE of all other majors in any of the fields listed (with a mean score of 590).  English majors also score well on this section (mean of 561), but Philosophy majors excel above the other majors in this area.

Quantitative Score:
Not surprisingly, majors in the Physical Sciences and Engineering do better in this area than Philosophy students.  However, Philosophy students (with a mean score of 635) do better in this section than every other major in the Humanities, Education, Life Sciences, and Other Fields.  The only Social Science majors to out perform Philosophy is Economics (with a mean score of 708), and the only Business majors to out perform Philosophy are those in Banking and Finance (with a mean score of 715).  However, since all other Business majors, including Accounting Majors, perform much lower than Philosophy students in this area, the overall average for Business majors reduces to 613.

Writing Score:
On the writing section of the GRE, Philosophy majors again scored better than every other major in this area with a mean of 5.0.  English majors once again run a close second with a mean of 4.8

GRE Scores