What can you do with this major/minor?
Careers for History Majors
History majors can seek employment in a variety of fields, ranging from education to government to business. The American Historical Association has published a guide to career opportunities for history majors. (Note that you can get more information for each category by clicking the category name.) For additional ideas, see Katherine Brooks, You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career (HF5382.75.U6 B755 2009 at Cofrin Library).
History majors interested in teaching history at the high-school level should contact the Professional Program in Education to learn more about applying to the education program in order to minor in education.
History majors may qualify for a number of state and federal jobs. Some of these jobs may call explicitly for someone with historical training, but others emphasize key words such as “research.” Click here to search for government jobs in Wisconsin. Click here to search for jobs with the federal government. In both cases, you should do multiple searches to try to find jobs that fit your skills, location, and interests. Ask UWGB Career Services for help in conducting a search for a government job.
Historians doing historical research and sharing historical knowledge outside of schools, colleges, and universities are known as public historians. Public historians work in various institutions, including museums, parks, archives, and even the corporate world. Many history students at UWGB have completed internships with local musuems as a way to learn more about public history. (See the internships page for more information.) As a general rule, to make a career in public history, you need to have at least a Master's degree. See below for examples of public history programs in Wisconsin.
- Practical Advice on Getting a Public History Job (from the American Historical Association)
- Careers in Public History (from the American Historical Association)
- Public History Specialization at UW-Milwaukee (Master's program)
- Certificate in Public History at UW-Eau Claire
Additional Career Possibilities
Use the following as an idea list, and remember that they represent some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider in History.
The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for History majors:
Archeologist, Archivist, Biographer, Diplomat, Editor, Foreign News Correspondent, Foreign Service Officer, Genealogist, Government Worker, Historian, Historic Preservation Specialist, Historic Site Administrator or Guide, Historical Society Staff Member, Journalist, Lawyer, Lecturer, Legal Assistant / Paralegal, Librarian, Museum Curator, Museum Technician or Specialist, Public Relations Director, Researcher, Social Studies Teacher, Travel Agent, University Professor or Staffer, Writer.
The following list represents a few of the kinds of businesses and institutions that employ History majors:
Advertising, Business and Industry, Federal Government, Library, Media, Museums & Archives, Paralegal Profession, Politics, Research foundations, Schools and Universities, State and Local Governments, Travel and tour services, Health and Human Services
Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook for these occupations? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook