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Career Opportunities with a Major in History


David is a historian with the United States Department of State. Dating back to the creation of the Office of the Historian in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln, David's team is charged with preserving the history of US foreign relations, publishing a yearly guide titled "Foreign Relations of the United States" series.

Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations. 

History programs involve the study of past events. Emphasis is usually placed on the social and political impact of these events. A better understanding of current happenings can be gained through the examination of historical events. The study of history gives students the foundation for a solid education and prepares them for careers ranging from business to politics. Many history majors enter the teaching field. Others work for libraries and museums, and some pursue legal careers. The discipline also prepares students for graduate study.

Skills Related to History

  • Ability to research, analyze and interpret both past and present events

  • Knowledge of principles and methods of analysis and decision-making

  • Ability to remain objective and open-minded

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time

  • Ability to appreciate diverse perspectives

  • Proficiency in writing and speaking

  • Ability to conduct and explain research

  • Ability to manage details with accuracy

Potential Careers in History

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a history major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which history majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Anthropologist Archeologist Archivist
Biographer Caseworker City Manager
Clergy Consultant Criminologist
Curator Economist Editorial Assistant
Educator Foreign News Correspondent Foreign Service Agent
Genealogist Historian Human Service Worker
Journalist Judge Lawyer
Lecturer Librarian Newspaper Reporter
Charity Administrator Policy Evaluator Political Scientist
Politician Preservation Specialist Public Administrator
Research Analyst Research Assistant Tour Guide
Travel Agent Urban Administrator  

Employers in History

  • Advertising firms

  • Archives

  • Chambers of Commerce

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Film companies

  • Government agencies

  • Historical societies

  • Hotels

  • Libraries

  • Museums

  • National Parks

  • Publishers

  • Research firms

  • Social service agencies

  • Travel industry

  • Volunteer agencies

  • Zoos

Web Sites Related to History

Professional Organizations in this Field


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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