7 History Degree Careers

There are a wide variety of history degree careers, from an archivist career to becoming a history teacher. Here are 7 history degree careers to think about.

1. Archivist

Archivists make primary source documents available to scholars and the general public. Archivists preserve, store, catalog, classify and make documents and cultural artifacts accessible, either by offering access to the actual item or by digitally preserving items in a database that is accessible over the Internet. An archivist will usually have an additional graduate degree, usually in archival studies, or specialization in the historical study of a specific period.

2. Historical Writing

Historical writers can specialize in historical fiction or non-fiction and they can write articles, supply content to websites (such as online encyclopedias), write novels or biographies and write textbooks. Some writers have become successful scriptwriters, working for television and movies, and a background in history adds authenticity to their creative work. Many history writers are also able make a career as local historians or by writing for tourism publications that prefer to include an educational and historical component to their material.

3. Tourism

There are plenty of careers in tourism for history majors, such as becoming a tour guide. Usually you will need to live near a historical site and have a background in the major events that affected the area that you are touring. It is also helpful to have some teaching and customer service experience, so you are able to manage the people who are on the tour. Some tour guides may live part of the year abroad, so they are available in the peak tourist season.

4. Historical Architecture

Historical architecture is a niche area of historical studies that you can use as a career as a tour guide, or you can turn into a career as a restoration specialist. As a tour guide and educator, you can also address the history of the monuments, buildings and cities that you include in your tour. As a restoration specialist, you will probably also have a background in a trade, usually carpentry, or an advanced degree in architecture.

5. Museums

There are a huge number of museum careers for history majors, from becoming a museum educator to curator. A museum educator will provide tours and educational presentations to museum visitors, usually developing their own presentations and programming. A curator is responsible for a collection, or acquiring various collections, for presentation at a museum. They play a role in supervising the programming and public relations for the museum. Most careers in museums will require a graduate degree, either in a specific time period or type of collection, such as naval history, or a graduate degree in museum studies.

6. Research

Researchers will offer their services to companies or individuals that produce multi-media materials, such as film, television, encyclopedias and written material. There are writers and film makers who hire researchers to assist them in finding material and background information for the books and films that they are writing and producing. Some historians who work as researchers are also available to do fact-checking, which combines research with editing.

7. Teaching

History teachers usually work in secondary schools, teaching high school students history, social studies and civics classes, depending on the background of the teacher. History teachers are responsible for lesson planning, teaching, grading and administrative tasks, such as dealing with discipline issues and working with parents. Some schools will prefer to hire history teachers with graduate degrees, and most history teachers have or are working toward completing their teaching certificate.