Careers in History

Student asking questions in class.

Studying history will make you a more thoughtful and engaged citizen of the world, sure, but what can you do with a history degree? History students gain knowledge and build skills that translate easily to a multitude of careers. In recent years, we've sent our undergraduates out into the world to become teachers, financial analysts, social workers, real estate professionals, and campus outreach coordinators. We've compiled a sampling of potential careers, but the possibilities are truly endless.

The American Historical Association – the major professional organization for historians living in the United States – has broken down possible career paths down by the various functions historians perform in society. You can find a very detailed resource on careers, including some real-life examples

Historians as Educators

  • Elementary School Teachers 
  • Secondary Schools Teachers
  • Postsecondary Education 
  • Education Coordinators at Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers

  • Museums and Historical Organizations: curators, managers, interpreters  
  • Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation 
  • Think Tanks
  • Consulting
  • Federal and State Government

Historians as Communicators

  • Writers
  • Editors
  • Journalists
  • Documentary Editors
  • Producers of Multimedia Material
  • Social Media Managers

Historians as Information Managers

  • Archivists
  • Records Managers
  • Librarians
  • Information Managers

Historians as Advocates

  • Lawyers and Paralegals 
  • Litigation Support 
  • Legislative Staff Work 
  • Foundations
  • Lobbying

Historians in Businesses and Associations

  • Corporate Historians
  • Contract Historians
  • Nonprofit Associations