Dean College student and history professor discuss the careers that a history major should consider

Majoring in history does more than just teach you a lot about the past. The time spent obtaining the degree enhances your research and critical thinking skills, as well as your written communication skills. These are all things that many employers find to be quite useful. If you’re thinking about getting a bachelor's degree in history, here are some of the many career options that fit into the field.

1. Museum Curator

Loving history is a prerequisite to working as a museum curator. These workers are in charge of gathering and caring for artifacts from various time periods, as well as researching those objects in order to learn as much about them as possible. They also put together exhibits showcasing the objects, which include written labels designed to educate people about them.

2. Lawyer

A degree in history is often a springboard to law school. The research and written communication skills taught while getting a bachelor's degree translate quite well into law school, where students learn more about the legal code and how to research past lawsuits and legal decisions. After all, you don’t need to major in pre-law before applying to the law school of your choice.

3. Archivist

Have you ever wondered about the people who work to restore, properly store, digitize and organize documents? Archivists work for museums, special archives and private companies, where they track and store everything from old newspapers, journals, paperwork, photographs and more. How does a degree in history fit into the job? Having a solid understanding of and love for history is practically a prerequisite.

4. Professor

One of the most common professions for a history major, college professors need to have at least a bachelor's degree and a master’s degree in the field. Depending on the school, they might need a doctoral degree as well. If you want to spend the rest of your life immersed in a particular field of history and enjoying sharing that knowledge with college students, then this is a good career to choose.

5. Teacher

While college professors do teach about history, the subject is taught at lower levels as well. Called social studies up through the eighth grade in most parts, and history once students enter high school, getting a bachelor's degree in history can be a good stepping stone for a teaching career. However, you’ll need to get your teaching credentials in addition to your bachelor's degree in history.

6. Project Manager

Stepping away from the more academic positions, project managers are needed in many different industries, and they utilize many of the organizational and critical thinking skills that come along with a degree in history.

7. Economist

If you love numbers and history, then a career as an economist might be the best option. Those employed in this field know quite a bit about economics, and use historical data to try to predict what will happen in the future. Future economists also need courses in micro and macroeconomics, both of which fit right into a history degree.

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