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Careers for History Degree Graduates

Common job titles

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist, curator and museum worker
  • College professor
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Geographer
  • High school teacher
  • Political scientist
  • Sociologist
  • Writer

Job outlook data

Historians held around 3,500 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of historians is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Aspiring historians benefit from practical skills or hands-on work experience in specialized fields, including collections, fundraising or exhibit design, which give them a leg up when applying for positions at local museums, historical societies, government agencies or nonprofits. Because historians have broad training and education in writing, analytical research and critical thinking, they can apply their skills to many different occupations.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of history students are:

  • State and local government, excluding education and hospitals
  • Federal government, excluding postal service
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

» Get information about Adelphi’s History Degree Programs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Historians.

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Center for Career and Professional Development
Nexus Building, Room 225
p – 516.877.3130

Students and Alumni:

Department of History
Blodgett Hall, Room 200
p – 516.877.4790