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Historians Finding Jobs in More Diverse Sectors of the Economy

Where it used to be that your online masters in history pigeon-holed you into a very specific career path, it seems that is no longer the case. Today, you will find that your online MAH program is actually able to open a wide variety of doors and more diverse sectors of the economy. In fact, there may be places your degree will help you that you weren’t even aware of.

A Downward Trend Calls for More Creativity

Over the past few years there has been a very definite drop in the amount of jobs available for history Ph.Ds. It's not just the jobs that are down either; the number of students enrolling in the program has also dropped in response to the lack of jobs. However, it seems as though the job market has corrected itself and is now starting to level out as those enrolling in the program start to look at new and diverse careers that take them outside of the “traditional” route.

Obviously a downward trend is never a good thing, but in terms of history majors it looks like it may have been what the field needed in order for graduates to get creative with their skills and knowledge.

What are These New Paths?

Students are now looking at ways that history in Ph.D. can be used in other careers. Some popular choices include a career in academia, but just not the tenure-track faculty jobs. Instead, jobs in the field of higher education but not necessarily teaching, and even administrative jobs (which aren't dropping in demand). As more and more graduates successfully leave college, they are setting their sights on industries and fields where growth is happening.

Specific Job Options

Just to take a look at the specifics, we've compiled a list of job options that a history Ph.D. can prepare you for. These jobs give you a chance to continue to pursue your love of history, but in a field where there is growth and promise.

  • High school history teacher
  • Gallery or Museum exhibition officer
  • Gallery or Museum curator
  • Museum education officer
  • Conservation/inspector officer of historic buildings
  • Heritage manager
  • Information officer
  • Archivist
  • Librarian
  • Archaeologist
  • Editorial assistant
  • Journalist

While you will likely need to look into entry-level positions as first, you’ll be able to then get on-the-job training and learn more information and skills that you can use to advance in your field. Think of your history background as the foundation to many different careers. Allow it to act as that solid base that you can build upon through on-the-job learning.

There is a Bright Future

If you have been looking at the decreasing numbers and feeling unsure and a bit depressed about the job outlook, it’s important to look at your history degree in another light. Start looking at different career paths where the knowledge you have could give you the edge and help you to succeed.

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