What can I do with my course in history?
Careers for history graduates
As a historian, you will conduct research into past human activity. Your career path will often grow from your interest or specialisation in a particular period (e.g. nineteenth century) or significant events (e.g. Holocaust) and the driving forces.
Your role may include: compiling, organising, analysing and interpreting historically significant information and resources, presenting findings to audiences and conducting research. You could look for opportunities in museums, libraries, tourism, schools, universities, societies, churches or as a consultant to Government or private industry.
More broadly, your study in history has intellectually trained you for any position requiring critical thinking, analytical and/or research skills. You should consider a research degree if you want to become a researcher.
Skills and attributes
History graduates need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:
- Good comprehension and attention to detail
- Highly developed interpretive and analytical skills
- An ability to distinguish between different types of historical material in terms of function, authorship and intention
- Research skills
- Cultural sensitivity
- Persistence, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity
- Excellent communication skills
Related roles include:
- History teacher
- Policy adviser
- Research assistant or information officer
- Cultural heritage officer
- Museum curator
Salary and job outlook
You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for history graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.
Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.
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