Careers with a History Degree
History teaches skills in critical analysis, problem-solving, and communication. These skills are in demand in various career paths.
A history degree does not limit to a single career path; it can lead to a variety of professions. Learn here about how history graduates find jobs with governments, in education, or in technology and administration.
A history degree can be instrumental to a variety of career achievements: this article provides data about the success of history graduates.
History graduates do not end up pennyless. This article provides detailed data about the earnings of history graduates (for the US).
History for various careers
Santa J. Ono is a medical biologist and president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia. In this interview on CBC, Dr. Ono explains why the study of history and the liberal arts is important for careers in the natural sciences.
Historians are needed to decipher fake news: listen to this episode of the CBC program "Ideas" to learn why.
Some popular career paths with a degree in history
Many history graduates opt for careers as librarians and archivists. The Canadian Librarian Association provides information about careers in the world of libraries and information studies. The website of the Association of Canadian Archivists provides information about what archivists do.
The Canadian Museums Association provides information about programs and careers in museum studies.
A degree in history can be the gateway to a career in law. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada explains here how to become a lawyer in Canadian provinces and territories.
Real people with history degrees
On this page prepared by the Canadian Historical Association, you can read about real people who made careers with history degrees: "History is a passport to many opportunities and careers, especially those involving problem solving, creative intelligence and excellent communication and writing skills."
Stephen Lee graduated with a BA in History and French in 2006. He has also successfully completed the certified sommelier program from the Court of Master Sommeliers. His past professional experience includes key management positions at Raymonds Restaurant 2009 - 2011 (2011 – EnRoute Magazine’s Canada’s Best New Restaurant), Rifflin’ Hitch Lodge (Labrador), and Atlantica Restaurant (2007 – Canada’s Best New Restaurant). Stephen is co-owner, general manager & sommelier of Mallard Cottage restaurant and co-owner of The Inn by Mallard Cottage in Quidi Vidi Village.
Examples of careers
With your degree in history you can be an educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate, or even a businessperson.
Here is a brief list of the career opportunities available to the undergraduate history major:
Historians as Educators
• Elementary Schools
• Secondary Schools
• Postsecondary Education
• Historic Sites and Museums
Historians as Researchers
• Museums and Historical Organizations
• Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
• Think Tanks
Historians as Communicators
• Writers and Editors
• Documentary Editors
• Producers of Multimedia Material
Historians as Information Managers
• Records Managers
• Information Managers
Historians as Advocates
• Lawyers and Paralegals
• Litigation Support
• Legislative Staff
Historians in Businesses and Associations
• Contract Historians
• Historians in Corporations
• Historians in Nonprofit Associations
For more about career opportunities for history majors in Canada, please visit the Canadian Historical Association's career page.
For addtional information on careers with history degrees, see the websites of:
the Historical Association (U.K.) and