10 Jobs That You Can Get With A History Degree, That You Might Not Have Considered

For those with a degree in history, your job options might seem limit. However there are more options than you think.

People often think that the only jobs that a History degree will lead you to are a career as a writer or educator. This preconception is, however, a common misconception. 

This misconception about job options for history majors is an important myth to dispel for one major reason. That reason being that the fear of having no job opportunity has led many people to follow through with their passion for history.

To correct the view that a History degree leads to limited job options; here are ten jobs available to History majors that not many people are aware of. 

1. Historic Preservationist 

A historical home

A notable history-related career is one in historic preservation. Historic preservation is a career involving preserving historic buildings and objects for future generations.

A historic preservationist's work mostly involved making sure various parties follow the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act. This task ranges from determining if a property has any historical value or the potential impact of any proposed changes to a historic property.

I should note that any History major interested in this field should take some architectural courses. That reason being that architectural knowledge is a crucial requirement for this type of career. 

2. History Consultant 

A Historical consultant career involves a lot of research.

A job with some overlap with Historic Preservationist is that of a history consultant. This career path involves many possible careers, but all involved using historical expertise to help a company or organization out for a short time.

This work ranges from helping construction companies determine if their project will impact anything historic to aiding a film company to make their film more historically accurate. Overall this career field works best with those who like to see some variety in their career.   

3. Museum Outreach 

Museum outreach is about explaining a museum's importance.

For the more extroverted History majors out there, a job worth looking into is one in Museum Outreach. A museum outreach career involves working on how a Museum presents itself and interacts with the general public. 

This type of work ranges from giving a presentation on a new exhibit to working with field trips. However, all of this work involves explaining the importance of items displayed in a museum.  

While this type of job does not require a degree in history, a historical education does develop the desirable skills. These skills include explaining the importance of historical items to a general audience. 

4. Public Policy Analyst 

Public Policy Policy involves using historical
knowledge for the public good.

Public Policy Analyst is a career quite similar to a history consultant. This similarity is that both jobs involve using your knowledge of history to help others decide future actions. In the case of a public policy analyst,  this historical insight can help determine the impact and reception of proposed policies.

While this job is often considered more by a political science major, its requirements overlap with a history major's skillset. This fact comes from this job often involved researching previous public policies to determine the potential impact of similar ones. This type of work is something well within a history major's capability. 

5. A Better Historical Interpreter 

A historical Interpreter is someone who educates people about
history through acting.

For History majors with an interest or background in acting, a great career path is being a historical interpreter. A historical interpreter is a person who reenacts a historical character to teach people about the past. 

While not requiring a degree in history, a history degree would only improve your chance of being hired in this field. The skills involved with completing a degree in history are also crucial in the field of historical interpreting. The skillset involving taking historical information and interpreting it to be easily understandable by a general audience benefits both an education in history and a career in historical interpreting.

6. Museum Technician 

A museum technician makes sure all these items are
accounted and organized. 

A similar job path to a historic preservationist is that of a museum technician. A museum technician is a person in charge of caring for and safeguarding a museum's objects. 

Despite the job having the word technician in the title, the job involves more often managing records than working on artifacts. A museum technician records details on museum objects and any documents associated with said objects. All of these skills can be gain through the process of working towards a degree in history. 

7 Going to Law School  

A degree in History can be your first step into the legal world.

Despite Law being a career field not often associate with history, a bachelor's degree in history is prevalently taken by students who want to go to law school. The result of both history and legal education requiring a similar skill set. 

A share skill that makes a history degree useful for a potential law career involves using various sources from either previous research or court cases to synthesize a compelling argument. In other words, creating a legal brief or historical research paper requires similar abilities.  

8. Market Research Analyst 

Market trends and historical trends are not that dissimilar.

A history major's skill ability to make a convincing argument is useful for various careers. One such job is being a market research analyst. Market research analyst is a career open to both history majors and business majors. 

This option is opened to history majors as this job involves taking information and synthesizing a convincing argument. This skill usefulness comes from a market research analyst who needs to know how to take information about various trends and synthesis how the company should respond to them. 

9. An Alternate Path to Being a Journalist 

History is often just yesterday's news.

While journalism has its dedicated major, a career in journalism is not limited to just those with a degree in Journalism. Many new organizations are willing to hire those with a degree in history. The reasoning being that historical writing and journalism have a lot in common. 

Both writing styles involved taking information from various sources and condensing this information into something readable as a single, straight narrative. Both fields also require confirming that utilized information is as accurate and unbias as possible. 

10. Human Resources Specialist

Research is a useful skill for studying the present
and the past.

A surprising career path for a history major to take is one in human resources. A  human resources specialist career is open not only to History majors but all humanities majors. 

A history major can become an HR specialist thanks to the skills required to be a great HR professional are similar to those developed by education in history. For example, an education in history allows the development of the analytical and research skills required to excel in the HR field.


These ten career fields provide an idea of how a history degree can provide more job options than just education and writing. A history degree is very versatile in future career options ranging from Historic Interpreter to Law School. A history degree's versatility is thanks to developing skills like critical thinking, researching, and writing.  

So if you love history and want to pursue it in higher education, do not worry about limiting your future job option. These ten potential career path shows that this concern is just a plain misconception. 

History Major that loves to write about entertainment and history.

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