Career Options for History

There are many career options for people with history undergraduate degrees. The list is almost limitless, including:

  • Advertising executive
  • Analyst
  • Archivist
  • Broadcaster
  • Campaign worker
  • Consultant
  • Congressional aide
  • Editor
  • Foreign service officer
  • Foundation staffer
  • Information specialist
  • Intelligence agent
  • Journalist
  • Legal assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Personnel manager
  • Public relations staffer
  • Researcher
  • CIA
  • FBI

With additional education, history graduates can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Library science
  • International relations
  • Archives management
  • Museum studies
  • And many others

For additional information search the Occupational Outlook Handbook at or visit

Students interested in History may be interested in becoming a Historian.

National Quick Facts: Historians
2015 Median Pay $55,800 per year
$26.83 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Master's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2014 3,500
Job Outlook, 2014-24 2% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 100

What Historians Do

Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying historical documents and sources.

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