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Careers in History and International Studies

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in history and international studies have a wide variety of options to choose from, depending on their career goals and interests.

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Careers in History and International Studies

There are a variety of career options in the fields of history and international studies that individuals may be interested in pursuing. Your previous educational experiences and interests will likely help you determine which career may be a good fit. We will look at five careers in history and international studies in greater detail below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Archivist, Curator, and Museum Worker $47,230 13%
Postsecondary History Teacher $71,820 10%
Lawyer $118,160 9%
Reporter, Correspondent, and Broadcast News Analyst $38,870 -10%
Diplomat $90,000 (2017)** Not Available

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale

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Information About Careers in History and International Studies

Archivist, Curator, and Museum Worker

If you are interested in art in addition to history, you may want to consider a career as an archivist, curator, or museum worker. These workers all perform different roles: curators are responsible for managing and expanding the collections in a museum; archivists are in charge of working with historic documents and records; and other workers like conservators work with art pieces and artifacts to make sure they are properly preserved. Many of these positions require a knowledge of art history or some other specific aspect of history, depending on the type of museum. All of these positions typically require a master's degree in a field like history, conservation, or art history.

Postsecondary History Teacher

As a postsecondary professor of history, you will work in a college or university and be responsible for teaching different history courses, which could also include world history or the history of foreign countries. Some of your duties will include organizing classes, giving lectures, facilitating discussions, giving students homework and exams, and assigning grades to students based on their performance. As a history teacher at this level, you may specialize in a particular area of history, like pre-Civil War American history or European history in the 20th century. To become a postsecondary history teacher, you will typically need at least a master's degree in history.

Lawyer

Lawyers are legal professionals who work in a wide variety of different capacities, depending on the area of law that they specialize in. For individuals who are interested in international studies, they could pursue a career as an international lawyer, which could entail working in private law or in public policy for large organizations like the United Nations. An international lawyer's role will vary depending on their type of employment, but they may be responsible for conducting research for their cases, interpreting international laws, preparing legal documents, and acting as arbitrators between two disagreeing parties. To become a lawyer, you will need to complete a bachelor's degree before attending a three-year law degree program, after which you must take and pass the bar exam.

Reporter, Correspondent, and Broadcast News Analyst

With an interest in international studies and history, you may consider a job as a reporter, correspondent, or broadcast news analysts and be employed by some type of news or media organization. Some of these professionals may work abroad as journalists in order to capture international news and report on stories for their home stations while others may develop expertise in an area of international studies and provide analysis on developing international events. Having knowledge in both the fields of history and international studies may be important in this role in order to understand the context for why events are unfolding and in order to provide the public with accurate information. To become a reporter, correspondent, or broadcast news analyst, you will generally need a bachelor's degree in a field like communications or journalism, though degrees in fields like political science may also be satisfactory.

Diplomat

As a diplomat, you would work on behalf of the United States government by living in a foreign country and representing the interests of the United States there. You may have a wide variety of duties, from organizing dinners and hosting visiting dignitaries to negotiating treaties with foreign governments. Diplomats must also have an in-depth understanding of the history between the United States and the country in which they work, as well as the current state of affairs in that country in order to be effective in their role. To become a diplomat, you will need to apply through the United States government and will typically need to possess a great deal of work experience abroad, and will likely need to speak a foreign language.

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