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:
|High School History Teacher|
|College/University History Professor|
|Editor||Paralegal/ legal assistant|
|Film and Video Editor||Reporter 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:
Cultural Resources Manager
A History major can take you into a wide variety of careers if you are willing to engage your entrepreneurial spirit.
View the Earnings Potential of History Majors as reported in Perspectives on History, December 2014.
Examples of career success with a liberal arts degree: