What Can You Do with a History Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a History Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a History Degree?

History majors graduate with several options. They may find work with museums, historic buildings, historic sites, libraries, historical societies, parks, or other organizations. They could go into historic preservation. Some even go into business. Many history degree holders become middle school or high school history / social studies teachers. (Teaching positions at the college level will require a Ph.D.)

History majors can also pursue careers as historians. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most historians work for State and local government, and keen competition is expected for these jobs. However, historians have a well-rounded education and are skilled thinkers, readers, and writers, skills that can be applied in many different career fields. For more information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many history majors choose to go onto graduate school. Many find that an undergraduate degree in history lays a solid foundation for law school.

Careers you can get with a degree in history include:

  • Architectural Historian
  • Archivist (may require advanced degree)
  • Contract Historian
  • Director of Historical and Cultural Affairs
  • Historian
  • Historic Site Manager
  • History / Social Studies Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Museum Curator (larger museums may require advanced degree)
  • Museum Director (larger museums may require advanced degree)
  • Museum Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Writer
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