Career Development

History

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in History, and find out about program requirements and concentrations, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a History major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities 

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds
  • Explaining Ideas
  • Writing and presenting information
  • Public speaking
  • Conduct and clearly explain research
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Explaining the present by referring to the past
  • Ability to speak articulately, read comprehensively and write well

CAREER TITLES

  • Archivist
  • Assistant Curator
  • Author
  • Biographer
  • Congressional Aid
  • Editor
  • Education Specialist
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Fund Raiser
  • Government Worker
  • Grant Writer
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Society Staff
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Technician
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Site Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Tour Director
  • Travel Agent

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Museums
  • Historical Societies
  • Historic Sites
  • Foundations
  • Law Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Libraries
  • Publishing Houses/Magazines
  • Retail Stores
  • Media Companies
  • Corporations
  • Non Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.historians.org  - The American Historical Association
www.nyhistory.org - New York Historical Society
www.nysha.org - New York State Historical Association
www.nyhistory.com - NY History Net; including list of Historical Societies, Libraries and Museums
www.preservationnation.org - National Trust for Historic Preservation
www.alhfam.org - The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
www.aam-us.org - American Association of Museums
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.museumjobs.com - The job board for Museums, Galleries and the Cultural Sector
www.museumlink.com/states.htm - U.S. museums by state
www.sihr.si.edu - Smithsonian jobs, internships, volunteer and fellowships. 
www.amnh.org - Jobs at the American Museum of Natural History
www.idealist.org– Nonprofit site, internships and jobs
www.usajobs.gov - Official job site for the U.S. Federal Government
www.teachny.com - Teach NY - information on becoming a NYC school teacher

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated 8/14