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.
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|
Some Employers of History Majors:
- Bureau of the Census
- Business and Industry
- Central Intelligence Agency / Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Department of State
- Museums & Archives
- Paralegal Profession
- Peace Corps / Vista
- Public Interest Groups
- Political Parties
- Research foundations
- Schools and Universities
- State and Local Governments
- Travel and tour services
- Administration & Legislation
- Corrections & Court Systems
- Health and Human Services
- Highway & Street Construction and Maintenance
- Housing & Community Development
- Parks & Recreation
- Police & Fire Protection
- Social & Welfare Services
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.