History

The study of the past broadens our perspective and allows us to discover the essential elements of human existence. Besides preparing students for careers in government service, law, teaching, business, advertising, and journalism, an education in history can lead to a variety of enriching careers.  Positions that attract history majors will likely require some of the following qualifications: experience, extensive knowledge of a particular time period or region, the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, and good writing and research skills.  The term historian covers a broad range of career options and job settings.  In general, historians study, assess, and interpret the past to determine what happened and why.  They examine court documents, diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts; they conduct research, write, teach evaluate, and make recommendations.  They interview individuals and study archeological and artifactual evidence.  Schools, universities, libraries, and museums, government offices, and private enterprise are some of the job settings for history majors.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Examples of Job Titles for History Majors:
Some of these jobs require education beyond a bachelor's degree.
 
Related Career Titles for History Majors
 

Academic Advisor/College Counselor Editor Housing and Student Life Coordinator Paralegal
Actuary Editorial Assistant Human Resources Recruiter Park Ranger
Advertising Media Planner Educational Researcher Indicter Peace Corps / Vista Worker
Affirmative Action Representative Educational Sales Representative Information Systems Consultant Political Campaign Worker
Alumni Affairs Coordinator Employee Newsletter Editor Institutional Researcher/Historian Political Scientist
Anthropologist Energy Administrator Insurance Agent / Broker Preschool and Elementary School Teacher
Archeologist Energy Communications Specialist Intelligence Analyst Preservation/Restoration Assistant
Architectural Drafter/Technician Energy Researcher Intelligence Officer Psychologist
Archivist/Historian Environmental Administrator Interpreter Public Affairs Coordinator
Art Historian/Educator Environmental Communications Specialist International Relations Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Bank Research Analyst Environmental Researcher Investment Banking Analyst Trainee Publications Researcher
Biographer FBI / CIA Agent Journalist Radio/Television Researcher
Biomedical/Medical Research Assistant Film Production Assistant Judicial Clerk Real Estate Development Researcher
Career Planning and Placement Counselor Film Researcher/Copywriter Labor Relations Researcher Research Assistant
Clergy Financial Researcher Lawyer Secondary School Teacher
College Admissions Officer Foreign News Correspondent Lecturer Sociologist
College Development Specialist Foreign Service Officer Legal Assistant / Paralegal Special Program Teacher
Community Relations Director Freelance Writer Legislative Aide Student Activities Advisor
Compensation/Benefits Coordinator Genealogical Services Specialist Librarian Survey Assistant
Computer Instructional Designer Genealogist Library Aide Teacher, Social Studies
Congressional Aide Government Official Lobbying Researcher Technical Writer
Construction Surveyor Trainee Graphic Arts Illustrator Lobbyist Telecommunications Analyst
Consulting Operations Administrator Graphic Arts Photographer Market Research Trade Show Coordinator
Consumer Advocate Historian Market Research Assistant Travel Agent
Corporate Communications Specialist Historical Museum Administrative Assistant Market Research Assistant Account Executive Travel Consultant
Correspondent/Stringer Historic Preservation Specialist Market Research Project Supervisor Underwriter Trainee
Counselor Historical Projects Coordinator Market Research Statistician Urban Administrator
Criminologist Historical Research Assistant Media Consultant Urban Planner
Customer Service Representative Historic Site Tour Guide Museum Curator Urban Planning Research Assistant
Demographer Historical Society Staff Member Museum Technicians & Specialist  Writer / Author
Economist      



Some Employers of History Majors:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Bureau of the Census
  • Business and Industry
  • Central Intelligence Agency / Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of State
  • Media
  • Museums & Archives
  • Paralegal Profession
  • Peace Corps / Vista
  • Politics
  • Public Interest Groups
  • Campaigns
  • Legislators
  • Political Parties
  • Research foundations
  • Schools and Universities
  • State and Local Governments
  • Travel and tour services
  • Administration & Legislation
  • Corrections & Court Systems
  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Highway & Street Construction and Maintenance
  • Housing & Community Development
  • Library
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Police & Fire Protection
  • Social & Welfare Services
  • Transportation

HISTORY WEB SITES

History and Careers - From the University of Central Arkansas ideas of what can be done with a degree in history.

FAQ's About a Career in History - North Carolina State University, Department of History

Careers for History Majors - From SUNY Oswego, an overview of history careers.

American Historical Association - The American Historical Association (AHA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the dissemination of historical research.

American Studies Web:  History and Historical Culture Studies - Reference & Research

History Central Catalogue - Historical references for around the world.

American Association of Museums - The American Association of Museums is the national service organization that represents the needs of American museums to enhance their ability to serve the public.

American Association of University Professors - AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

American Association for State and Local History - The American Association for State and Local History provides leadership service, and support for its members, who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American Society.

Bureau of the Census -

National Archives*

National Auctioneers Association

National Genealogical Society

National Register of Historic Places*

Society for American Archaeology

Yahoo! - Computers and Internet: History

The History Channel

Women's History Month

HyperHistory Online

Sports History

Historical Text Archives*

The History Net*

Government Job Listings

Internet History Resources

Links to Scholarly Societies*

Resources of Historical Societies*

Resources of Archaeological Societies*

Resources of Anthropological Societies*

Websites for the History Profession*

History Departments Around the World*

Resources for Archivists and Record Managers*

The Costume Page

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

The George Mason University Center for History and News Media