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Career Options for History Majors

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The following represent the critical thinking, the organization and analysis of ideas, and the communication skills that history majors develop through their liberal arts education.



Communication: Research:
Explaining ideas
Describing/Evaluating issues, problems, events
Observing/comparing people,data,things
Compiling research reports
Interpreting events/ideas
Summarizing
Writing/presenting information clearly
Analyzing ideas/information
Organizing materials/ideas
Compiling and evaluating information
Comparing/contrasting ideas and info
Adapting ideas
Understanding/interpreting present/past
Examining evidence
Interviewing
Project Development: Understanding Society:
Developing/generating ideas and projects
Planning
Organizing materials/information
Seeing relationships between factors
Decision making
Analyzing impact of problems on society
Knowledge of how societies cope with change
Explaining present by referring to past
Developing a world view

*Thanks to University of Kansas



PREPARATION STRATEGIES

  • Obtain related hands-on experience in field of interest through summer work, part-time employment, or internships.
  • Participate in on-campus organizations and volunteer at community organizations concerned with specific field of interest.
  • Consider obtaining a complementary minor for history major such as technical writing or entrepreneurship to boost your marketability.



MAJORS MAY FIND OPPORTUNITIES IN AREAS SUCH AS THESE

Government
Politics
Journalism
Retailing
Sales
Education
Nonprofit Organizations
Preservation and Restoration
Genealogy
Corporate archives
Banking
Clergy
Law: Paralegal/Attorney

TYPICAL EMPLOYERS MAY INCLUDE  

Federal Agencies
State agencies
Municipal archives
Staff: legislator, governor, mayor
Public interest advocacy groups
Political campaigns
TV/radio broadcast/print services
Newspapers Drug and department stores
Public and private schools
Colleges and universities
History museums
Historic sites
History associations and societies
Cultural heritage organizations
Historical projects Research and service institutions
Corp. historical/archival services
Savings and Loans Associations
Credit Unions
Commercial and Regional Banks
Religious Associations
Human Services Agencies
Gov’t, private, public law concerns



JOBS DIRECTLY RELATED TO HISTORY DEGREE*

ARCHIVIST:

Information Management and Social Research
~ Acquires and Selects
~ Arranges and Stores
~ Preserves and Retrieves records not in current use but deemed to be of historical value

LIBRARIAN:

Information Management and Social Research
~ Acquires
~ Organizes
~ Exploits information / materials within library system

MUSEUM CURATOR:

Heritage Management and Museum Work
~ Cares for
~ Improves collection including exhibitions, catalogues, and acquisitions

SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER:

Teaching in Schools or Colleges
~ Teach history to 11 - 18-year-olds




JOBS INDIRECTLY RELATED TO HISTORY DEGREE*

SOLICITOR:

Legal Profession
~ Advises individuals and organizations on legal aspects of personal and business problems.


CIVIL SERVICE/ADMINISTRATION TRAINEES:

Administration and Public Sector Management
~ Help formulate or implement policy


JOURNALIST:

Journalism and Writing
~ Gathers information
~ Presents news and features to public


MARKETING AND SELLING:

Marketing and Market Research, Sales and Purchasing
~ Manage marketing of product or service from research and development through to launch, which can include promotion, advertising, eventual withdrawal from market.

*Thanks to Edinburgh University.


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