Stephen F. Austin State University

Career Opportunities

Many history majors choose teaching as a career. There are history teachers in secondary schools, community and junior colleges, and senior colleges. Training in history also prepares one for many types of historical and non-historical jobs outside of teaching.

History provides an excellent background for further study in other professional fields, especially:

Many businesses and industrial firms employ historians as management trainees, writers, advisers or archivists. The federal government employs historians in the National Archives, the Foreign Services, the U.S. Information Service, the National Parks Service, the Smithsonian Institution, the Central Intelligence Agency, and many other departments and agencies. State and local historical jobs fall into two main categories: archival and museological. Some historians find jobs in the editing, production and marketing phases of major publishing houses. In addition, law firms, museums, libraries and private foundations and associations employ historians.

History majors also may use their broad training and their own ingenuity to become, for example, freelance writers, documentary film producers, public relations workers, independent business executives, travel guides, tour directors and politicians. History majors often start out in jobs that pay less than those of many other majors, but their training and skills prepare them for high productivity and rapid advancement.

For more information, contact the Department of History at tdavis@sfasu.edu or 936.468.3802.