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Historians examine the people, institutions, ideas and events of the past and present. As a History major, you will develop valuable skills in research, analysis, and oral and written communication.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Administrator/Director, Historical Societies * Intelligence Analyst
Archival Management Journalist *
Archives Technician Labor Relations Specialist
Archivist * Librarian *
Bank Officer Lobbyist *
Budget Analyst Management, Retail/Industrial
City Planner * Manuscript Curator *
Community Relations Officer Museology
Copy Writer Museum Display Coordinator
Criminal Investigator Museum Educator
Cryptanalyst Museum Guide Or Technician
Customs Officer Museum Registrar *
Disability Evaluation Trainee Park Historian *
Documentary Editor Personnel Analyst *
Editor Public Administrator
Foreign Service Officer Public Information Writer *
Genealogist Public History
Grant Proposal Planner Researcher/Writer
Historian * Social Security Representative
Historian/Researcher * Teaching:
Historic Preservation And Restoration - Elementary
Historic Resources Management - High School
Historical Editing - Junior College
Immigration Inspector - University

Nature of the Work

Historians describe and analyze past events through writing and research. Historians typically specialize in a specific country or geographic region; in a particular time period; or in a particular field, such as social, intellectual, political, or diplomatic history.

Historical preservationists are concerned with the protection and preservation of historic buildings and sites.

Archivists and curators work for museums, special libraries, or historical societies, where they identify, classify, and preserve historical documents, treasures, and other material.

Places of Employment

Advertising agencies Foundations
Banks Insurance companies
City, county and state government Libraries
Federal government: Magazines, newspapers, periodicals
- Central Intelligence Agency Museums
- Department of Agriculture National and state parks
- Department of Commerce National, regional and state historical societies
- Department of Defense Universities and colleges
- Department of the Interior Professional associations
- Department of Labor Public and private archives
- Department of State Publishing companies
- General Services Administration Research and educational institutes
- Immigration and Naturalization Service Social service agencies
- National Archives  
- Social Security Administration  


Many of the jobs listed above may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

Job titles designated by an asterisk generally require specific education and/or experience beyond the bachelor's degree. Typically, you will need an advanced degree in order to be identified as a historian.

You will likely need a graduate degree to perform archival work, particularly in academic institutions, research libraries and for the federal government. Some may require a doctorate. You will need training in research methods and experience in conducting original research.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

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