Career Opportunities

Best Colleges reports: “While a history degree emphasizes knowledge about the past, it also builds skills that are useful in today's workforce. In fact, history is one of the most versatile degrees, leading to careers in a variety of industries.

“On its list of top skills employers look for in entry-level roles, Forbes includes the ability to make decisions, solve problems, draft reports, and process information. Forbes also suggests that employers want job candidates who are persuasive, effective communicators. A history degree strengthens all of these skills.

“History builds research and analytical skills through critical reading and writing assignments. A history student must craft a persuasive argument backed by evidence from primary and secondary sources, often drawing on quantitative and qualitative materials to make their case.”

Employment Information

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Potential Job Titles

  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Community relations director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer advocate
  • Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Foreign service officer
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • Historic preservationist
  • Historic site tour guide
  • Historical society staff
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market research analyst
  • Media consultant
  • Museum curator
  • Museum technician
  • Political scientist
  • Psychologist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Researcher
  • Sociologist
  • Technical writer
  • Travel agent
  • Urban administrator
  • Urban planner
  • Writer