Careers For History Students

The study of the past prepares students to understand the present and to acquire valuable skills that are applicable to many careers. A degree in history prepares students for a variety of jobs, including careers in education, law, business, writing, research, information management, politics, and other positions in government.

Our graduates—majors and minors—report that studying history taught them how to learn throughout their lives. 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.

But how do those skills, and how does studying history prepare you, the student, for a life of personal and professional growth? Can you see yourself in a career where someone—possibly you—says, “Find out why that happened?” Or perhaps: “Gather the information we have going back 15 years, and write a report on why these trends are continuing?”

In order to complete those tasks, you will practice history. You’ll collect data or evidence and use your training to decide what information will help you make sense of the problem. You’ll sort through the evidence to piece together exactly how something happened. Finally, you’ll need to write down your findings, supported by your evidence, in a way that is easy to understand and that is convincing.

Perhaps you’re interested in law. In many ways, attorneys are historians. As an attorney, you’ll need to gather evidence, analyze it, and make a case for how or why something happened in the past. You may also use your research about past legal cases to argue for why a judge should decide a future case in your favor.

These are just a few ways that studying history prepares you for a successful career. These skills can help you lead a more fulfilling life. It’s true, what our students say, that history teaches you how to learn.

What Can I Do with a History Degree?

  • Museum curator
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • National Park Historian or Ranger
  • Archivist
  • Public History
  • Historical Society
  • Teaching, K-12
  • Professor, Post-Secondary Education
  • Library Science
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Paralegal
  • Politician
  • Political Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Speechwriter
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service
  • International Relations
  • Military Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • CIA/FBI agent
  • Historian
  • Urban Planning
  • Consular Service
  • Business Manager
  • Business Consulting
  • Banking
  • Investment
  • Market Research and Analysis
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Company Historian
  • Financial Services
  • Economic Development
  • Community Outreach
  • Caseworker
  • Clergy Member
  • Youth Ministry
  • Chaplain
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Author
  • Filmmaking
  • Historical Consultant
  • Media/Communications
  • Public Relations Specialist

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The University of Akron
Department of History
Arts and Sciences 216
Akron, Ohio 44325-1902