Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

History Requirements

History is extremely important in contemporary society, not only to remember the past but also to shape the future by learning from it.

A History degree involves the analysis of significant world events such as revolutions, wars and political shifts, and includes the study of various sources (anything from articles and texts to images and objects), with the idea being to build up a clearer picture of an event, and the mood of society around the time it took place. Historians often apply their findings to the wider history of an area or a group of areas, making links between events and shaping an overall idea of how and why a country, society, or culture has changed over time.

History Careers

The career trajectory of people with a History degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with History degrees have experience in is Historian, followed by Archivist, Archaeologist, Tour Guide, Curator, Teacher, Paralegal, Lawyer, Editor, and Journalist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Historian 4.8% 0.1% 64.7×
Archivist 5.4% 0.1% 91.1×
Archaeologist 3.1% 0.1% 46.6×
Tour Guide 4.1% 0.3% 15.0×
Curator 3.6% 0.1% 56.7×
Teacher 8.5% 3.0% 2.8×
Paralegal 2.4% 0.4% 6.2×
Lawyer 1.9% 0.7% 2.7×
Editor 2.1% 0.4% 4.8×
Journalist 2.4% 0.6% 4.3×

History Salary

History graduates earn on average $34k, putting them in the 25th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $25k
Median (average earners) $34k
75th (top earners) $47k

History Underemployment

History graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 61%
Part-Time 32%
Low-paying 16%

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