MA in History - Careers

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Turn your passion for the past into a successful future with a graduate degree in history.

Without historians, there would be no history. Writing it, preserving it and applying it are integral to a surprising number of professions. Think of how deepening your understanding of history can make you better at what you do - or aspire to do.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics documents that of the 4,000 job titles historians held in 2010, 57 percent were in government. The remainder are in museums, archives, historical societies, research organizations, nonprofits and consulting firms. Some travel to do fieldwork. Most work full time. Although most positions require a master’s degree, some research positions stipulate a Ph.D.

Here's a closer look at where we find historians throughout our workforce:*

Historians as Educators

  • Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Postsecondary Education, Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers

  • Museums and Historical Organizations, Cultural Resources Management, and Historic Preservation Think Tanks

Historians As Communicators

  • Writers and Editors, Journalists, Documentary Editors, Producers of Multimedia Material, Historians As Information Managers Archivists, Records Managers, Librarians, Information Managers

Historians As Advocates

  • Lawyers and Paralegals, Litigation Support, Legislative Staff Work Foundations

Historians in Businesses and Associations

  • Historians in Corporations, Contract Historians, Historians and Nonprofit Associations

*Careers for Students of History, written by Barbara J. Howe and jointly published by the American Historical Association and the National Council on Public History.

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