Career Preparation

Employment surveys and studies clearly demonstrate that employers value college-educated workers who know how to think critically, who have excellent oral and written communication skills, and who can solve complex problems and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. They also value people who demonstrate sound ethical judgment and robust intercultural skills (Hart Research Associates, It Takes More Than A Major, April 2013). A History major at the University of St. Thomas can help you develop these important skills and dispositions for a successful career.

For those who want to teach history in high school or college, a history major is an obvious choice. But what if you don't want to teach? A history major can be an important first step to a career as a museum exhibit specialist, a historical society researcher, a cultural resources manager, a historical documentary editor or producer, an archivist, a curator, a librarian, a public records manager, a lawyer or paralegal, a legislative staffer, a foreign service officer, or a public policy researcher, to name just a few.

The American Historical Association website has two excellent resources for students who want information about history-related careers. One is for students who graduate with an undergraduate history major and want to go directly into the work world.  http://www.historians.org/pubs/Free/careers/Index.htm.

The second is for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in history in order to engage in more specialized history-related careers http://www.historians.org/pubs/careers/index.htm

For more specific information about career preparation and job prospects in history-related careers, click on any of the following categories from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

archArcheologist

high school profHigh School History Teacher

archivistArchivist

lawyerLawyer

college profCollege/University History Professor

librarianLibrarian

curatorCurator

museum technicianMuseum technician

editorEditor paralegalParalegal/ legal assistant
film editorFilm and Video Editor reporterReporter or Correspondent 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics also puts out a rather comprehensive Occupation Finder, which lists the kind of education needed for particular jobs, the projected number and growth rate of new jobs in that area, and the median pay for those jobs.

Not all history-related careers are included in the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ website. Here are two examples:

Historic Preservationist

Example 1

Example 2

Cultural Resources Manager

Example 1

Example 2


A History major can take you into a wide variety of careers if you are willing to engage your entrepreneurial spirit.