What can I do with my HISTORY degree?

Employers of History Majors

  • Federal Agencies including: Smithsonian Institution, National Archives & Records, Library of Congress, National Park Service, Intelligence Services and Forest Service

  • State Agencies including: State Archives and Libraries, State Museums, Parks and Historic Sites

  • Municipal Archives

  • Arts & Humanities Councils & Commissions

  • School Districts

  • Business & Industry

  • Travel & Tourism

  • Public Interest Groups, Political Campaigns

  • Research Foundations

  • General Motors

  • Johnson Controls

  • Ameritech

  • Abbott Labs

  • AT & T

  • U. S. National Archives

  • University & Public Libraries


Related Occupations for History Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Account Executive

International Relations Specialist



College & University Librarian


College & University Professor

Legal Assistant

Congressional Aide


Consumer Advocate

Manger of Research & Planning

Corporate Executive

Manuscript & Records Manager

Corporate Historian

Museum Curator


News Correspondent


Park Ranger



Foreign Service Officer

School Administrator


Stock Broker



Historic Preservation Specialist

Treasury Agent

Historic Site Specialist

U.S. Military Officer

Historical Society Manager or Staff Person or Administrator


Human Resource Manager



Preparing for a Job in History Related Occupations

  1. Join related campus organizations such as A.S.H. (Associated Students of History) or

    Phi Alpha Theta (International History Honorary Fraternity)

  2. Get relevant experience in student government or internship in government agency.

  3. Develop foreign language ability.

  4. Volunteer on political campaigns, political advocacy groups or community service projects.

  5. Obtain part-time work or volunteer work as tour guide or museum guide.

  6. Consider advanced degree.



Links for History Majors

  • American Association of Museums

  • Careers in History from the American Historical Association

  • Why Become a Historian?

  • Museum Employment Resource Center

  • Archivists, Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • College and University Faculty from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Lawyers and Judicial Workers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook


Contact Information

Department of History and Political Science
Fayard Hall Room 335
Tel: 985-549-2109