History : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

History graduates work in such fields as business, law, health care, government, and journalism, as well as in librarianship, archival and museum management, and education at all levels.

Skills gained in this program include:
  • Writing competencies: Writing clearly and concisely, framing an argument and presenting evidence to support it, and editing analytical writing.
  • Research experience: conducting research in primary documents and sources, finding and managing information with real-world applications.
  • Critical reading and thinking: reading closely texts and sources from the past, analyzing the secondary works written by professional historians and journalists, and judging the persuasiveness of written and oral arguments.
  • Communication: listening carefully to lectures and the give-and-take of discussion and debate and presenting concise and clear summaries and arguments to one's peers.
Career Choices
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Business administrator
  • Cultural or charitable organization president
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Editor and publisher
  • Foreign service officer
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Market research analyst
  • Military officer
  • Physician, health care worker, health sciences researcher
  • Politician or Public official
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • University administrator
  • Writer
Alumni in History have found employment in the following fields:
  • Archival and library management
  • Banking
  • Civil service
  • Communications
  • Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Education
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Foreign service and the Military
  • Health Care
  • Investment services
  • Law
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Museums
  • Newspapers/media
  • Non-profit organizations and institutes
  • Public relations
  • University administration


Salary Information

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to the fall 2011 NACE, yearly salary offers in the northeast averaged $36,573 and offers nationally averaged $40,788.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:27 EST