Develop patience, persistence, and drive in obtaining history related positions.
Being Successful in the Field
An undergraduate degree in history is good preparation for graduate study in history as well as other areas such as psychology, law, or business.
Research the prerequisites of the area of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular and skill needs.
Research Web sites and books that address various job opportunities, pay structure, and hiring processes.
Part-time, summer, internship, and volunteer experiences are critical.
Become familiar with the government application process for opportunities in federal, state, or local government.
For careers in politics, be prepared to volunteer extensively before being hired or elected as an employee or official. Begin by working with the campaign or official of choice while in college. For careers in arts and humanities, obtain a broad liberal arts background including knowledge of the arts, personal and mass communication, and foreign languages.
Develop skills by obtaining a leadership role in a school or community organization.
Get involved in student government.
Prepare to develop a specialty area including both academic training and work experience for history related careers.
Join related social and/or professional organizations.
Develop a network of both formal and informal contacts.
Teaching: High School, Higher Education
Public and private schools
Colleges and universities
Zoological parks, aquariums, wildlife refuges, and bird sanctuaries
Arboretums, gardens, and conservatories
National and state parks
Federal agencies including: The Smithsonian Institute, National Archives and Records, Library of Congress, National Park Service, Intelligence services, Foreign service
State and local agencies including: Archives and libraries, museums, parks, and historic sites, municipal archives, arts and humanities councils
Elected or appointed public officials (i.e., legislators, governors, mayors, judges)
National political party headquarters
Public interest/advocacy groups
Corporate legal departments
Public advocacy groups
Corporations: marketing, risk assessment, research, public relations
History museums and historic sites
Historical associations and societies
Cultural heritage organizations
Research and service institutions
Curatorial and Archival Management
Universities and colleges
National, state, and local government
News departments of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations