Department of History at Winthrop - Career Opportunities

History

Career Opportunities

What can I do with a major in History?

  • Writer/Author
  • Editor
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Archivist
  • Public Administrator/Manager
  • Congressional Aide
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Society staff
  • Lobbyist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Historian
  • Indexer
  • Journalist
  • Peace Corps
  • Research Assistant
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Historic Site Officer
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Movie/TV Historical Museum Curator
  • Teacher

Education pays in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates:

*Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings for a Masters in History was $48,520 in 2006, the most recent year for which data is available.

Unemployment Rate in 2006
(Percent)

Education Attained

Median Weekly Earnings in 2006
(Dollars)

1.4

Doctoral degree

$1,441

1.1

Professional degree

$1,474

1.7

Master's degree

$1,140

2.3

Bachelor's degree

$962

3.0

Associate degree

$721

3.9

Some college, no degree

$674

4.3

High-school graduate

$595

6.8

Less than a high school diploma

$419

Note: Data are 2006 annual averages for persons age 25 and over.  Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers.  Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

Additional Resources:

Camenson, Blythe, (2002), Careers for History Buffs and Others Who Learn From the Past, The McGraw-Hill Company: New York, NY.

DeGalan, Julie, & Lambert, Stephen (2001), Great Jobs for History Majors, The McGraw-Hill Company: New York, NY.

U. S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Last Updated: 8/6/19