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12 Jobs For History Majors

If you’re interested in the humanities (reading, writing, analyzing culture, etc.), but you aren’t sure what you want to do after graduation, majoring in history is a good choice. An undergraduate degree in history can serve as a stepping stone to many different types of jobs. However, because the subject is so broad, most of the jobs may require further, more specialized education.

Here is a list of 12 possible jobs for history majors:

Most Common Jobs for History Majors

1. Lawyer

Many people who study history go on to be lawyers, but, to do so, completing a bachelor’s degree program is just the first step. If you want to become a lawyer, you will also have to pass the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), apply to law school, earn a Juris Doctor degree and pass the Bar examination — all before you can begin to practice law. Generally, it takes 3 years to graduate from law school, so the entire process takes 7-8 years

Median annual wage: $119,250

Common entry-level degree: Juris Doctor degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job:4%

2. Judge

While it can be very rewarding, becoming a judge is no simple task. Aspiring judges often work as lawyers for years before being appointed or elected to a judge position. While some federal judges are asked to serve lifelong terms, the majority of judges have fixed terms, and have to face re-election every few years to renew their position.

Like those who want to be lawyers, aspiring judges also have to attend undergraduate school, pass the LSAT, apply to law school, earn a Juris Doctor degree and pass the Bar examination.

Median annual wage: $133,840

Common entry-level degree: Juris Doctor degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 40%

3. Elementary/Middle School Teacher

After earning a bachelor’s degree, those who aspire to teach in elementary or middle schools have to complete an internship in a school classroom, pass the state-required test for teachers and receive a teaching certificate/license.  

If you are dead set on being a teacher, the best advice would be to major in education. But if you’re still uncertain about what you want to do, a history major could ultimately help you land a teaching job. As long as your degree is in a related field to the classes you aspire to teach, you will be okay.

Median annual wage: $57,350

Common entry-level degree: Bachelor’s degree & teaching certificate

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 0%

Specialized, Unique Jobs for History Majors

4. Archivist

Archivist jobs are ideal for huge history buffs. The goal of the job is to collect, organize and protect various items that have historic value, including documents, photographs, videos, music, art and more. Archivists generally work for museums, government agencies or other entities that wish to keep extensive records. Generally, a bachelor’s degree is the only necessary certification to become an archivist.

Median annual wage: $51,760

Common entry-level degree: Bachelor’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 76%

5. Historian

Historians could have very different tasks, depending on where they work. But generally, historians analyze, digest and write about various historical documents, including photos, newspapers, books and more. They typically work for museums or universities. Although it is not required, many historians go on to earn their master’s degree.

Median annual wage: $59,120

Common entry-level degree: Bachelor’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 44%

6. Museum Curator

Museum curators are responsible for selecting, acquiring and preserving various items that hold historical, artistic, scientific or collectible value for the purposes of displaying in a museum. While they aren’t necessary, a master’s degree is very common for museum curators.

Median annual wage: $53,770

Common entry-level degree: Master’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 1%

Non-traditional Jobs for History Majors

7. Reporter

Technically, there is no required degree to become a reporter, but you will have a hard time finding a job without one. Skilled reporters are master storytellers with strong writing and grammar skills. To learn the essential skills, most aspiring reporters study journalism in college. However, the researching and writing skills taught through studying history easily translate to journalism and reporting.

Median annual wage: $40,910

Common entry-level degree: Bachelor’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 11%

8. Geographer

There are many different types of geography, including environmental, human, cultural, physical and economic. All of them require distinct tasks, but more broadly, a geographer analyzes changes and patterns in land, water and humans. There are many various institutions that hire geographers, but some of the most common are government agencies, scientific research groups and real estate developers. Most jobs in geography require a master’s degree in the subject.

Median annual wage: $76,860

Common entry-level degree: Master’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 25%

9. Librarian

Librarians may be responsible for curating the books, online databases and additional educational materials that make up a library. Librarians can work at various institutions, including schools, public libraries, museums, law firms, non-profit organizations and others. While it generally doesn’t matter what your undergraduate degree is in, many places won’t hire you as a librarian unless you have a master’s degree in library science.

Median annual wage: $58,520

Common entry-level degree: Master’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 65%

Other Potential Jobs for History Majors

10. College Professor

Patience, communication, organization and enthusiasm are some of the most important characteristics of a good college professor. To earn a job teaching at the post-secondary level, a master’s degree (and sometimes a doctorate degree), is required. In addition to teaching, some college professors also conduct research and write scholarly articles.

Median annual wage: $64,480

Common entry-level degree: Master’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 3%

11. Political Scientist

Political scientists can be responsible for various specific tasks, depending on where they work. But more broadly, they analyze the origins and changes in political systems. They can work for the government, non-profits, think tanks and more. While a history degree is a good starting point for a career in political science, generally, additional education, such as a master’s degree in political science, is required to earn a job.

Median annual wage: $114,290

Common entry-level degree: Varies

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 4%

12. Anthropologist

There are many branches of anthropology, but generally, anthropologists study the evolution and development of human beings to understand cultural and physical changes. For example, anthropologists could help track the origins of diseases. Typically, they work at colleges, universities, nonprofits and even in government.

Median annual wage: $62,280

Common entry-level degree: Master’s degree

Likelihood that robots will take your job: 1%

10 Famous People Who Studied History

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Joe Biden
  3. Jimmy Buffett
  4. Steve Carell
  5. Larry David
  6. W.E.B. Dubois
  7. Lauryn Hill
  8. Conan O’Brien
  9. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  10. Martha Stewart