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Careers as Historian

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					                                           History Career Outlook
Major Highlights:

This major provides fundamental liberal arts training which prepares students for any job which
requires the skills or research, analysis, information management, writing and speaking,
including careers in business, government, advocacy, journalism, and development. It is
recommended for those preparing for law school.

Job Titles and Employment Areas to Explore:

Archivist                      Foreign Service Worker              Lawyer                                      Political Editor
Biographer                     Geneologist                         Legal Assistant                             Politician
City Manager                   Historian                           Legislative Correspondent                   Public Administrator
Curator                        History Teacher                     Librarian                                   Research Analyst

Projected Demand Nationwide:

Employment is expected to grow as fast as the average through 2014. However, keen
competition is expected since qualified applicants generally outnumber job openings.

Projected Demand in Minnesota:

Employment is expected to grow as fast as the average through 2014.

Partial List of Employers who have Hired SMU History Graduates:

San Minguel – Middle School Teacher
ABA AMRO Info Tech Services, Inc. - Project Analyst
Samsonite Corporation - Sales Representative
Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Management Trainee
SMU – Assistant Track & Field Coach
Peace Corps

Average Starting Salary (Bachelor=s degree) - $29,900/year

Additional Information:

American Association for State and Local History:
American Association of Museums:
American Historical Association:
Organization of American Historians:
Society of American Archivists:

Note: Degrees alone do not get jobs. Internships, summer jobs, volunteer work, part-time jobs, work study
positions, and participation in student organizations are all ways to become more competitive in the job market.

Resources: Major Resource Kits -, MN Careers -, Occupational Outlook Handbook
-, What Can I Do With This Major -
                                                                                                                           Updated 7/07

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