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Many history majors choose teaching in secondary schools, community and junior colleges, and four-year colleges as a career. The discipline of history also provides an excellent background for further study in other professional fields, especially law, theology, education, library science, museology and journalism. Businesses and industrial firms employ historians as management trainees, writers, advisors or archivists. The federal government employs historians in the National Archives, the Foreign Service, the U.S. Information Service, the National Park 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 may also use their broad training and their own ingenuity to become, for example, free lance 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 may other majors, but their training and skills prepare them for high productivity and rapid advancement.

Careers for Graduates in History - Poster prepared by the National Center for the Study of History in collaboration with the Historical Association of Great Britain and Dr. Peter J. Beck.

American Historical Association Jobs and Careers

In addition, please visit the College of Liberal and Applied Arts page “What can I do with a Major in History?"

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