It’s not uncommon to feel “stuck” when you’re considering a certain path for your life. Maybe you never went to college and you’re considering going back as an adult. Maybe you have a degree sitting around that you’ve never taken advantage of.
Maybe you think that your degree isn’t worth anything or that you won’t be able to find a fulfilling job. Or, maybe you’ve reached retirement but you still want to do something rewarding and make money while you’re at it.
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Well-paid career options for history graduates
Whatever your situation may be, one area that often gets overlooked when it comes to successful career paths in history. It’s an exciting school subject for most people, and it’s always interesting to learn about the past.
If you’ve always had an interest in history, it’s never too late to go back to school. Places like Norwich University offer American History programs that you can complete online. Other colleges and universities often have classes on world history or specific time periods that you can hone in on.
You can do more with a degree in history than just teach (though that certainly is an option!). If it’s always been something that has caught your interest, or if you already have a degree, let’s go over some of the career paths you can take on at any age.
Have you always had a knack for writing and editing? You can combine that with a history degree to work on everything from textbooks to journals, and even individual essays. Editors are responsible for more than just grammar when it comes to accepting and releasing publications.
When you’re looking at a piece that is using historical facts, it’s important to make sure those facts are correct. You’ll also have to confirm specific dates, names, and other potential inaccuracies to make sure whatever gets published is real and accurate information.
Most people who have such an interest in history tend to have an interest in knowledge and learning, in general. If you love expanding your world of knowledge and helping others to do the same, you could excel as a librarian. In many cases, it’s a perfect job for retired individuals or someone who might want to work part-time.
You could work at your local library, in a school, or even a medical library. You’ll do so much more than just help people to check out books. Librarians are responsible for organizing and researching tons of material, including books, journals, and digital information as well.
What does event planning have to do with history? More than you might think, depending on the type of events you want to put together and the people you want to work with. Event planners don’t just put together weddings and birthday parties. They often work with businesses and organizations to set up charity events, fundraisers, and other celebrations on a larger scale.
You can combine your love of history with event planning by working for cultural and historical organizations. Putting together galas and other events for these organizations often help them with funding, so more people can continue to learn and we all can continue to discover more about history.
If you have a savvy business sense and a touch of creativity, this could be the perfect way to make some extra money with your history degree.
Elementary/high school teacher
No, it’s clearly not the only job available to those with history degrees, but it’s also one that can’t be ignored. When you have a passion for history, it’s important to share that with the young minds of the future.
When you work as a teacher, you have the opportunity to show your students how the events of the past have shaped our present and how they’ll impact our future. History is filled with “good and bad,” so being able to creatively show where we’ve been and inspire students to learn more about the world is a great way to preserve the future.
You’ll likely have to take a teacher training program in your state in order to teach elementary or high school classes. But, it can be much easier to do if you already possess a degree.
Tour guide/hospitality provider
The world is absolutely full of historical sites and stories to share. If you consider yourself to be a history buff and you want to share that with others, why not work as a tour guide or heritage site manager?
You’ll get to tell people about the specific history of a certain place every single day. Furthermore, you’ll be able to learn more about that specific place, yourself. What’s not to love about gaining new knowledge you didn’t have before, especially when it comes to a special historical site?
Historical tourist sites are important because they give visitors the chance to really immerse themselves in what happened there. Sometimes, not all the information needed can be found in history books.
So, for people to show additional interest in a place or specific event is music to a history buff’s ears. Imagine how great it would be to see different groups filling up with knowledge about a particular place every time you host a tour. Plus, it’s a great job for retirees or those just looking for something on a part-time basis!
Thinking outside the box
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can make money and find fulfilling work with a history degree. You don’t need to teach college courses or be a curator. There are many types of jobs that require a bit more creative use of your degree.
In 2017, over 24,000 people had history degrees in the U.S. Obviously, not all of them are teaching or working in museums. So, whether you’ve had your degree for years or you want to go back to school to obtain it, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to combining your love of history with an unexpected career change.