Career Options

Careers for History Majors

  • Politician
  • Corporate Historian
  • Archivist/Librarian
  • Appraiser
  • Genealogist
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Preservation Specialist

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary for a history major is $35,030. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $69,487.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit payscale.com.

Job Titles of People with History Degrees

  • Assistant Curator, Bloom Fine Art and Antiques
  • Registrar/Archivist, Walt Disney Animation
  • Small Exhibit Coordinator, Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Legislative Aide, State of Wisconsin
  • Director, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
  • Director of Adult and Academic Education Programs, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Underwater Archeologist, Tidewater Atlantic Research
  • Political Journalist, The Washington Post
  • Appellate Attorney, Environment and National Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.