Career Pathways

Career Pathways in History

Don Tarantino '84, Entrepreneur/Restaurateur

Wondering what you're going to do with your degree in History?

The American Historical Association gives a great answer -- you can do whatever you want to do, especially if you know how to explain to potential employers what your History degree means. In fact, as the Executive Director of the AHA recently explained, "No entity — corporate, government, nonprofit — can afford not to have a historian at the table." Read more here.

American Historical Association

The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization, serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA is a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life. We invite all historians to join us in our dedication to advancing history and historical thinking for the benefit of all.

  • Career Diversity for Historians
  • The AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative is working to better prepare graduate students and early-career historians for a range of career options, within and beyond the academy. Check out a range of resources on how to explore possible career paths during and after graduate school.
  • Careers for History Majors
  • This guide from the American Historical Association describes the many professional opportunities available to students of history. Be sure to check out our ongoing blog series "What to Do with a BA in History."
  • Resources for Historical Researchers
  • Have questions about research standards, from oral history, to digital scholarship, to plagiarism? The American Historical Association has assembled a range of articles, standards, and reports that can guide historical researchers at all levels.
  • Resources for Graduate Students
  • From acceptance and course work to the dissertation defense and future employment, the American Historical Association shares resources to guide graduate students on their doctoral journey.
  • Resources for Minority Historians
  • To promote equity and diversity within university history departments, the American Historical Association has assembled reports and best practices based on the experiences of and research from a range of institutions.
  • Resources for Women Historians
  • To advance the status of women in the historical profession, the American Historical Association has conducted and published a range of articles and reports on policies that impact gender equity and the status of women in the history workplace.
  • Digital History Resources
  • Digital technologies have expanded the reach of scholarship in the way scholars communicate their research to an audience and present findings, as well as influence the questions they ask in planning a research project. The American Historical Association has organized resources on getting started in digital history, articles on doing digital history, and examples of digital history projects.

Career and Professional Development at LMU has some great resources too: