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History Careers & Internships

A history degree is a versatile degree that prepares you to be a leader in a global society. It provides you a great launching pad for a career in education, law, government, politics, diplomatic service, humanitarian work or preserving or researching history and historical artifacts.

The history program helps you develop skills to pursue your specific interests and helps arrange internships to enable you to explore possible career options. If you are interested in graduate school, your professors will work with you to find a graduate program that matches your interests. All Mount Mary history majors who have applied to graduate schools have been accepted.

Career Opportunities for History Majors

Most Mount Mary graduates work as teachers or go on to graduate school, but others have worked in publishing and public history.

A history degree can prepare you for a career as an:

  • advocate
  • analyst
  • archivist
  • congressional aide
  • consultant
  • foreign service officer
  • intelligence agent
  • journalist
  • legal assistant
  • librarian
  • lobbyist
  • museum curator
  • nonprofit foundation staffer
  • political campaign worker
  • professional genealogist
  • professor
  • researcher

Learn more about history careers from the American Historical Association.

Salaries for History Majors

Earning potential varies greatly depending on your specific career path, job, employer (private or public sector), education level, experience and location.

For high school history teachers, the national median salary is $52,808. For museum workers, the national average salary is $48,925. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salaries for historians is $54,480, history professors is $65,870 and legal assistants is $46,680.