What Can I Do with a History Major?
The short answer to this question is “everything.” The history major has many career options because prepared with skills in demand in many fields, including writing, research and problem solving, critical thinking, and oral communication. Moreover, these skills are transferrable—they are not field-specific but applicable in many ways for many different kinds of jobs.
Many employers look at the college degree, not the specific major, and make their decisions about whom to hire based on which applicants best show that they understand the job, have the skills that will help their future employer, and possess a desire to work hard and succeed.
When you graduate and look for a career, know your interests (a visit to the Career Center is highly recommended: http://www.gvsu.edu/careers/), know the skills you have gained, and think ahead by taking advantage of opportunities such as internships or career preparation events that will help you in the future.
For further information, see:
University of Tennessee, What Can I Do with This Major? http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/history/
American Historical Association, “Why Study History?” https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/why-study-history
American Historical Association, “Careers for History Majors” https://www.historians.org/jobs-and-professional-development/career-resources/careers-for-history-majors
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections http://www.bls.gov/emp/