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What kind of careers are available with a degree in American History?

by tom44 on March 2, 2013

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Question by Nipsey: What kind of careers are available with a degree in American History?
I currently work as a case manager for a non-profit in Memphis, TN. I love what I do, but I am considering a career that is in line with my major in American History. It is consider a “flexible major” because you focus on analytical, verbal, and writing skills. Any ideas?

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Answer by ladysilhouette
You can work as a teacher for your local school district, maybe an adjunct professor at a community college or for a museum.

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  1. Rachel S. says:

    I think you have a little bit of an uphill challenge because most people really don’t appreciate the value of a degree like this. I have a degree to teach with a concentration in the social sciences (namely history) and most people consider teaching one of the few things you can do with a history degree. However, I think with your work experience and formal education, the employer who recognizes your value will be very lucky indeed!

    Couple of suggestions. . .

    First, free lance writing. This is something you might start into before even leaving your current job. Lots of local newspapers will take unsolicited copy (even better if you can supply digital art!) and pay you some for it. You might see if they have anyone covering the local council meeting or school board meeting. Small papers are always looking for someone that has a grasp of the important local issues and present them to their readership in a relevant manner. The experience could lead to a full-time journalistic career with a bigger paper or regional magazine.

    Also, if you like politics you might consider seeing if a local elected official is hiring interns. Not all internships go to 20 year olds. Again,it may not pay great at first but could lead to something better later – especially if the official sees your value first hand.

    Finally, if you’re looking for something more lucrative to go into full time, try public relations. Good oral and written communication skills would be critical. Someone with a good grasp of the politics of policy making would be a huge asset. Opportunities would exist in both the private and public sector. Perhaps some of the contacts you’ve made in your current role would be able to point you in the right direction where you could be of service.

    Hope this helps. I agree that history scholars really are very flexible and would fit into a lot of very challenging roles quite nicely. Lets hope others see it this way too! Good Luck!

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