Career Options

History Careers

The skills history teaches—critical reading, advanced research, the ways in which evidence can be used to create arguments, superb writing, and oral presentation proficiency—are essential to any number of careers. Undergraduate history majors from Southern Miss have gone on to some of the finest graduate and law schools in the country, while others have established successful careers in a number of fields.              

You are probably interested in a History degree because you love learning about the past.  But we want to ensure that you do well at Southern Miss and in you future career.  By studying history, you are developing marketable skills.  Historians learn how to gather large amounts of data, draw from that information, and then share this new knowledge with others through written and oral communication. Those skills apply to almost every major area of employment.

A history major is a valuable degree on the job market.  The American Historical Association has conducted an extensive survey of people who earned the History BA that reports on their career paths.  In addition, the AHA also has a very useful guide to Careers for History Majors.  Data Daine at Tapwage, the job market webpage, offers an in-depth analysis of history majors’ career decisions.  Likewise, CNN considers the lifetime earning potential and employability of history majors.   

The American Historical Association has provided a fantastic guide for those considering a career in history.

Historians as Educators:

  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Historic sites and Museums

 Historians as Researches:

  • Museums and Historical Organizations
  • Central Resource Management
  • Historical Preservation 


Historians as Communicators:

  • Writers and Editors
  • Journalists
  • Documentary Editors


 Historians as Information Mangers:

  • Archivists
  • Record Managers
  • Librarians


 Historians as Advocate:

  • · Lawyers and Paralegals
  • · Legislative Staffers
  • · Foundation Officers


 Historians in Business and Associations:

  • Historians in Corporations
  • Contract Historians
  • Historians and Non-profit Associations


How Can I Make the Most of a History BA at Southern Miss?:

Choose a minor or electives that make a BA in History more competitive in today’s job market.