Careers for History majors


A history degree prepares students for a variety of jobs, including educator, researcher, writer, editor, information manager, advocate, businessperson, or simply as a history professional. Professional historians need diverse skills because they often carry out multiple historical activities in any particular workplace. Historians in museums manage and interpret collections of objects but are also called upon to serve as researchers, writers, editors, and educators. Similarly, archivists trained as historians will process and protect collections of historical source materials, but also need to research, educate, write, edit, and provide advocacy information. We examine careers for historians in a variety of workplaces, briefly describe some of the varied activities you might be called upon to perform, and assess the type of training and preparation you will need for a successful career in the field. The study of the past not only prepares students for understanding the present but also enables them to acquire valuable skills that are applicable to many careers. The abilities to criticize, organize, and synthesize extensive materials and to write with clarity and precision are important qualities for success in a variety of jobs not directly related to history.

UA Career Center

The Career Center’s mission is to support the overall framework for career development by promoting relevant learning opportunities necessary for career placement to ensure students and alumni receive the Akron Advantage.

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    Arts & Sciences Graduates - What Do They Become?

    Companies founded or headed by an Arts & Sciences graduate include:

    Amazon    American Express    Bank of America    CNN    DirecTV    ebay    NBC Universal    Pinterest    Time Warner Cable    Starbucks    Pepsico

    Source:  The Phi Beta Kappa Society