Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors: History

Who majors in history? Future business executives, lawyers, politicians, and writers. With a history degree, you are not limited to a particular occupation or field. Many history majors go on to obtain a doctorate, business or law degree. If you aren't sure about graduate school (or want to take a break from school), but still want a history-related job, consider the following careers:

1. Librarian Although many librarian positions require a degree in library science, many smaller libraries will accept a bachelor's degree in any subject. Knowledge of history would be a great advantage for a librarian since many people visit libraries in order to conduct historical research. My hometown librarian was also the town historian . Whenever I was writing a paper and needed to research the area's history, he was the person to consult. Librarians must have good interpersonal skills and patience because they interact with visitors of all ages. Average annual salary: $50,970.*

2. Curator Curators acquire items for exhibit collections, develop database systems used for record keeping, conduct research, supervise museum staff, and negotiate the sale or loan of items. They promote the institutions for which they work by attending community events, educating the public, and organizing tours. Budgetary guidelines and institutional policies are also part of a curator's responsibilities. Most curators work for museums, universities, or local government. Demand for curators is expected to grow much faster than average through 2016. Average annual salary: $46,000.*

3. Archivist Archivists appraise, acquire, preserve, and classify historical documents. They may conduct research related to documents and provide assistance to other researchers needing to use these documents. To make access to records easier, they copy them to other formats, design classification systems, and maintain computer databases. Demand for archivists is expected to grow faster than average through 2016. Average annual salary: $43,110.*

4. Museum technician/conservator Museum technicians assemble exhibits, clean items, and arrange artifacts for display. They may specialize in a certain type of artifact, such as books or paintings. Additional responsibilities include giving tours, supervising volunteer workers, and determining repair needs. Demand is expected to grow faster than average through 2016. Average annual salary: $35,350.*

*For more details about the each job, including responsibilities, values, skills, and projected growth, visit O*Net.


J.T. O'Donnell said...

Hi Andrea,

I love what you are doing over here on your blog. At CAREEREALISM, we say college teaches you everything EXCEPT how to get the job. So, helping students translate majors into career options is a huge part of what we do in our private career network.

Would love to connect with you via e-mail, but couldn't find one on your page. We are setting up a new web page (different than a blog list) and I think it would be fun to add you to it.


Andrea said...

Thanks, J.T. Thank you for the message. I love your site because it addresses so many issues relevant to recent graduates and students. I'll try to put up some contact information.