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; including Careers for History Majors resource.
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/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - 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.sihr.si.edu - Smithsonian jobs, internships, volunteer and fellowships. 
www.amnh.org - Jobs at the American Museum of Natural History
www.nyhistory.org/about/job-opportunities  - Jobs/Internships at the New-York Historical Society
www.idealist.org– Nonprofit site, internships and jobs
www.usajobs.gov - Official job site for the U.S. Federal Government
teachnyc.net - Teach NY - information on becoming a NYC school teacher
careers.historians.org/jobs - AHA Career Center
jobs.aaslh.org/jobs/ - American Association for State and Local History job list
www.aam-us.org/resources/careers - American Alliance of Museums Careers and Jobs

 

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