People who study history in college learn many skills that can help them in the workforce. They can speak and write well, think critically, and work with other people. Jobs stemming from a history degree might include teaching, working in a museum or on a preservation project, civil service careers, or being a business analyst.
Consider these questions if you are wondering how a history degree relates to other fields:
- Is it valuable to understand local history when selling real estate in historic neighborhoods?
- How do public transportation routes and proposals impact property values?
- Does an understanding of donor history and context help nonprofits raise money?
In short — yes, to all three! These are the sorts of analytical skills you’ll learn as a history major.
History Careers and Salaries
Getting a history degree could lead to work in a museum, library, or media company. You could also work in the legal field and use historical data to help make decisions. Here are some jobs and salaries you could get with a history degree:
- Archaeologist: $61,910
- Archivist: $56,760
- Foreign service officer: $69,947
- Fund manager: $72,490
- Fundraiser: $59,610
- Genealogist: $63,680
- High school history teacher: $41,001
- Historian: $63,100
- Research analyst: $65,204
Salary and job projections come from national averages in the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, including Glassdoor, Indeed, and industry-specific posts and publications. The data is meant to provide you with an idea of career options and salary ranges, not as a guarantee of obtaining these positions after graduation. These represent national averages and may vary by source and time frame collected. Actual salaries vary by region. Some jobs may require additional training or graduate education.