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Careers in History


History is among the 10 most useful graduate degrees - Business Insider
“Studying history is the ... passport to the future” - BBC History Magazine
How My Degree in History Helps my STEM Career - AHA Today
So What Are You Doing With That History Major?- History News Network


"What I Do: Historians Talk About Their Work" 

This is a web series sponsored by the American Historical Association (AHA) that answers some of the questions people have about where historians work and what they do. A different historian sits down to talk about what they do, how they got their job, what makes their job interesting or challenging, and what they love about their work. 

In the following interview, Lincoln Bramwell, Chief Historian, U.S. Forest Service, talks about his career path, which began as a volunteer firefighter in tandem to his graduate degree work, never imagining that these two interests would intersect. He describes his daily work at the Forest Service and the surprising ways in which he was able to bring his training in history and passion for firefighting together at the Forest Service. 

Watch Bramwell's interview

 "But what else can you with a history degree?" 

Here's an answer

And another: Entering the Job Market with a B.A. in History

See also: Career Planning as an Undergraduate in History

 Here's what some of our graduates say

"Receiving a degree in history from Clayton State has created numerous opportunities for me. It has prepared me for graduate school, opened up occupational advancement, and allowed me to understand the larger world and its origins. Accomplishing this academic goal was of great importance to me. With a Bachelor's degree behind me, I feel a sense of relief, as well as being infused with the desire to continue studies at the graduate level."

Shane Bell BA, History, Clayton State (2007)

"My degree aided me in securing a job as a Park Ranger with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Parks Recreation & Historic Sites Division. I am currently stationed at Bobby Brown State Park, which boasts the site of former Petersburg, GA (mostly underwater). While my duties involve much manual labor and security, I have been given the task of adding to the interpretation of our unique historical resource."

Ryan Hilton BA, History, Clayton State (2006)

"The study of history and all that it entails is exceptional preparation for the study of law. Earning a B.A. in history at Clayton State University was a substantial factor in making me capable of achieving success in law school. A few years spent reading and writing about history helps put one at ease with the nearly endless reading and writing about the law that constitutes the earning of a law degree. These two subjects are the story of every person, living and gone, and to study these subjects is to come ever closer to more fully understanding our world and ourselves."

Nathan Smith BA, History, Clayton State (2006) JD, Washington & Lee University (2009)

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Historians What do historians do? How do you become one? How much does it pay? What is the job outlook for historians? What similar kinds of jobs are there? Here are some answers from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

History Departments in the U.S. and around the World This is a listing of over 1200 university history departments and programs located in the U.S. and the world (including ours) to help you find information about graduate school opportunities, scholarships, enrollment criteria, etc.

Career Opportunities for History Majors The study of history prepares students for a wide range of opportunities for careers in both the public and private sectors. A major in history teaches a student to write effectively and expressively, to think critically, to weigh values, and to communicate ideas. These will all aid in the pursuit of a career in a variety of fields, such as teaching, the travel industry, foreign service, civil service, human services, communications and public relations, advertising, business/industry, financial service, publishing, and journalism.

Careers in History What can you do with a degree in history? Here's a mini-guide from the American Historical Association to help show you the way.

Other Resources:

College Grad Job Hunter

H-Net's Job Guide for the Humanities & Social Sciences

Chronicle of Higher Education Job Link

"Education is the key to coping with accelerated change in the technological era. The liberal arts must remain the heart of the educational enterprise. At a time when human history rushes by rapidly, the liberal arts provide a much-needed anchor to the past. The search for international understanding is also more important than ever, because we live in a global society in which information is not confined by national boundaries. As the planet heads into a new millennium, as we struggle to navigate the great structural changes convulsing human society, as we pursue the grand quest for international understanding, education becomes more than ever the antidote to catastrophe. We certainly need to know how to run computers. We need even more to know how to run ourselves."

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.