Common Career Paths for History Majors
What can you do with a history degree?
The percentage of history majors who become professional historians is low. Instead most go on to become lawyers, librarians, businesspersons, writers, archivists, researchers, teachers, politicians and even entertainers. Leaders in every industry, from business to the arts, can point to their training as history majors as the starting point for their success. Indeed, historical study plays an important part in fostering well-rounded intellectual development as well as instilling valuable career skills in research, writing, argumentation and documentation.
The market for teachers in primary and secondary schools remains good in many locations, and students with a solid background in history will be well suited to obtain teaching credentials in subjects such as history, social studies, government, political science, humanities, and general studies.
The rigorous research and writing requirements asked of history majors also offer excellent preparation for careers in law, journalism, public relations, technical writing, fundraising, administration, government service. Interestingly (and luckily for history majors) recent trends in medical and business school admissions suggest that professional schools are looking for students with training in humanities and social sciences. Students wishing to attend medical schools still need to take the necessary science prerequisites, but in an increasingly competitive market with growing competition, students differentiate themselves by means of attributes such as a background in the history of medicines or completion of a history honors thesis.
Interested in learning more? Check out the American Historical Association Series on what you can do with a Bachelor's Degree in History: http://blog.historians.org/category/what-to-do-with-a-ba-in-history/