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What History Graduates Do

Historians enjoy careers in education, government, business, law, museum and archival work, writing and publishing, historic preservation, foreign and diplomatic service, consulting and contracting, and federal, state, and local history.

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree will provide enough background for many entry-level jobs. Research, government employment, writing, and consulting are a few examples.

Some positions, on the other hand, require advanced degrees or additional training. A faculty member at a college or university, for example, typically needs a master’s degree or doctorate; a librarian might be expected to hold a master’s degree in library science; and a high school history teacher would likely need to complete a teacher education program as well as the requirements for a history degree.

Whatever degree or degrees a student of history might earn, the study of history helps build the reading, writing, research, and analytical skills important to many professions.

The American Historical Association, the leading organization of professional historians, published Careers for Students of History in 2002. This book, also available online at, provides a much more thorough look at careers in history.