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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. 

Earnings and Unemployment

Unemployment Rate in 2006

Education Attained 

Median Weekly Earnings in 2006


Doctoral degree



Professional degree



Master's degree



Bachelor's degree



Associate degree



Some college, no degree



High-school graduate



Less than a high school diploma


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