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5 Career Options for Those Who Major In History

When I was in school, I never studied history seriously. However, as time went by and I read more books, whether historical fiction or non-fiction, I began to develop an interest in the subject. This aroused interest led me to become acquainted with many students of history. At first, I thought that there are only limited career options for those who pursue history in higher education. However, I could not have been more wrong.

Today, I am going to give you an insight into the possible career options for those who are students of history. Here you will find the top 5 choices for your consideration. So, let us take a look at what we have.

  1. Museum Archivist
    Museums are favorite places for anyone who loves history. They exhibit historical artifacts to preserve the past and educate the present. If you decide to become an archivist in a museum, you will directly contribute to the task. The primary responsibility of an archivist is to evaluate and study artifacts and oversee their preservation. They are expected to be adept at classifying databases and maintaining records. A Museum archivist is expected to know in and out the artifacts he has been put in charge of by the museum authorities.
  2. Journalist
    History enables you to gather a deep understanding of events. It offers you an opportunity to unravel the what, how, and why of a particular incident. Newspapers, of course, are a crucial source of information but everything you see in the news is part of a longer chain of events. History would enable you to fully comprehend the implications of the events and assist you in engaging in better evaluation. A Journalist does exactly this, and a person with a history degree can very efficiently fit in the world of journalism.
  3. Professor
    Academia is an excellent option for anyone who wishes to educate oneself and others. History is as important today as it was yesterday, and there is a great demand for knowledgeable history professors in universities and colleges. You should aim for a doctoral degree in history and climb up ranks in academia to become a professor. A history professor is regarded as an expert in the subject and is looked up to by the world.
  4. Law
    You might think that this is a stretch but it is not. A History degree lays down the foundation for a thriving career in law. In fact, law schools across the globe emphasize the need to educate their students in history so that they are able to appreciate better the developments in the legal system. Moreover, if you look up any court judgment, particularly a landmark one, you will find out that historical facts are often resorted to determine points of law. So, if you have a degree in history, then you should consider pursuing a career in law. Your knowledge will give you an edge, as you have already been trained to analyze facts.
  5. Writer
    The world should always remain connected to history. While I believe that history is often a perspective, this does not mean everything about it is pure imagination. We have books to read which help us undertake a comparative analysis and decide for ourselves what seems to be the most reasonable course of events. If you have earned a degree in history and want to contribute, then you can become a writer. Many known historians became popular because of their literary contributions to society. As a writer, you will contribute as well as ensure a progressive career.
  6. Business
    A degree in history means that you have read not just about socio-cultural and political developments. It, also, teaches you about developments from an economic point of view. In case you are inclined towards business and commerce, then you can undertake specialized roles. It is advised that you should take up a postgraduate course in a related field so that you can effectively take up certain roles. These roles include policy-making, advising businesses on how the market will respond to a particular move, and whatnot. Again, a degree in history means that you have a theoretical hold on the economic perspective of history, and hence, you must develop some practical skills through advanced courses in economics and related fields to establish a solid foundation in business.

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Ayushi Kushwaha
Ayushi Kushwaha, Staff Writer for the CEOWORLD magazine. She’s spent more than a decade working for various magazines, newspapers, and digital publications and is now a Staff Writer at The CEOWORLD magazine. She writes news stories and executive profiles for the magazine’s print and online editions. Obsessed with unlocking high-impact choices to accelerate meaningful progress, she helps individuals and organizations stand out and get noticed. She can be reached on email ayushi-kushwaha@ceoworld.biz.