History BA Careers

Earning a degree in history will help you advance in a wide range of career paths. Employers in many fields highly value the research, analytical, and writing skills that you develop as a history major.

Our students acquire transferrable skills through their course work and internships. Critical thinking is central to employers, and the ability to analyze and then prioritize information is vital to decision making. Internships opportunities not only provide insight into new areas of work, they also give student the opportunity to network and make new contacts within the field. With such a wide range of knowledge and skills, history graduates are by no means limited to just history. While some of our graduates become teachers, many others go on to work in history-related fields, e.g. working for museums or providing political training. Some chose to work in academia. However, they can also be seen working for newspapers, television broadcasters, publishing houses or in social media. Others work for interest groups or political parties, while more and more go on to work for industrial companies in the human resources, policy or public relations departments. In short, a degree in history can open up countless doors.

Many majors use their historical knowledge as teachers, museum curators, public historians, archivists, and publishers. Others successfully pursue careers in fields such as law, government, non-profits, business, advertising, and journalism. Whether students apply their degrees in the history profession or another diverse field, their immensely marketable skills and expertise make them desirable candidates in a competitive job market.

 

Figures 1, 2, 4 & 5:  National data from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014 five-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS). Source: Paul Sturtevant, “History Is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data,” American Historical Association Perspectives, April 2017.