As a history major, you can consider several possible career paths! The jobs for which you will be eligible are many and include those of journalist, legal assistant, analyst, archivist, campaign worker, consultant, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher/educator, broadcaster, congressional aide, and editor.
Below is a brief list of career opportunities for history majors. This summary is based in part on an extensive pamphlet written by Barbara J. Howe entitled Careers for Students of History.
Internet resources can also assist in visualizing all the potential career paths available to individuals graduating from college with a degree in History. Two potentially useful web sites are those of Carleton College and the American Historical Association.
The word cloud to the left was taken from historian.org.
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Historic Sites and Interpretation
Think Tanks and Non-Profit Organizations
Cultural Resource Management
National Park Service (Department of Interior)
U.S. Forest Service (Department of Agriculture)
Contract and Consultation Historians
Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Documentary Editors and Media Production
Information and Records Management
Political Service: Legislative and Campaign Work
Litigation and Paralegal Support
Lawyers and Legal Consultation
Clio, one of the nine Greek muses, was later referred to as the Muse of History. A daughter of Zeus, Clio was highly regarded for her brilliant poetry and heroic acts. Her image usually includes a parchment scroll (an ancient source of record), a set of tablets (another ancient source of records), books, and/or a clarion (or trumpet). In her hair, she wears a laurel wreath. The image of Clio on this web page was taken from a 1758 painting by Francois Boucher entitled, Clio, The Muse of History and Song.