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Career Opportunities

What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history?

History majors are afforded the opportunity to critically analyze the the major events that have shaped our world. But it also provides skills. Historians are skilled writers, researchers, and communicators. These skills provide advantages for a variety of career areas.  As reports have shown, students with history majors perform well in the job market. Take a look below to see some possibilities.

Information Manager

Because the practice of history is about managing documents and sources, it prepares students for the data-driven world. This often leads students to careers in archival work or library management. History majors sometimes go to graduate programs in library science, archives management, or museum studies. They also work in a variety of other document-driven fields, helping organize and maintain complex data flows.

  • Archivist
  • Data Specialist
  • Infromation Specialist

Teacher

One of the most common routes for history majors is into the field of education. If you choose this path, you will also need to take additional courses in other subjects or specialize in a narrowly defined field of history. With this training, you can begin a career in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. Others end up in museums and historic sites.

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Post-Secondary School Teacher
  • Advocate

Advocate

History prepares students to 'argue' using evidence and critical analysis skills. This prepares students for a wide range of careers. While some of these careers, such as law, require graduate work, others do not. History majors often work doing research for a variety of organizations, including government and research foundations.

  • Lawyer
  • Diplomat
  • Community Advocate

Writer/Marketing

History prepares students to write and commmunicate, skills that are essential to communication-related fields. It also teaches how to write persuasively, and this training gives them an edge in advertising, communications media, and marketing.

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Writer
  • Editor

 

 

What others are saying...

https://www.historians.org/jobs-and-professional-development/career-resources/careers-for-history-majors
http://www.historians.org/pubs/Free/careers/Index.htm