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

* See Training section

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and curators work for museums, special libraries, or historical societies, where they identify, classify, and preserve historical documents, treasures, and other material.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
  • Banks
  • City, county and state government
  • Federal government:
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Defense
    • Department of the Interior
    • Department of the Interior
    • Department of Labor
    • Department of State
    • General Services Administration
    • Immigration and Naturalization Service
    • National Archives
    • Social Security Administration
  • Foundations
  • Insurance companies
  • Libraries
  • Magazines, newspapers, periodicals
  • Museums
  • National and state parks
  • National, regional and state historical societies
  • Universities and colleges
  • Insurance companies
  • Professional associations
  • Public and private archives
  • Publishing companies
  • Research and educational institutes
  • Social service agencies


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

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.


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