History is the study of the past. History majors examine human interaction, social life, the economy, culture, thought, and politics in time and space. Students study the past by reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, and learn to craft well-written arguments. Studying history develops core communication, analytical, and problem solving skills, which are the most frequently cited skills needed by employers across the board. These skills provide history majors with a vast number of career options.

Majors in history are also employed as journalists, grant writers, program analysts, and legislative staff, and as teachers in private and public school districts.

Historians as Educators
Elementary Schools
Secondary Schools
Postsecondary Education
Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers
Museums and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
Think Tanks

Historians as Communicators
Writers and Editors
Documentary Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians as Information Managers
Records Managers
Information Managers

Historians as Advocates
Lawyers and Paralegals
Litigation Support
Legislative Staff Work

Historians in Businesses and Associations
Historians in Corporations
Contract Historians
Historians and Nonprofit Associations

For more information, see:

Careers for History Majors

Careers for Students of History (2002)

Article: History is not a Useless Major