Jobs for Historians
I am using this page to aggregate information on job-seeking for my history students at Eastern Washington University -- and of course, for anyone else who may benefit from reading it. This is a work in progress, and so I am asking my students and any other interested persons to subset links.
First, a caution from my colleague, Larry Cebula, from his prize-winning blog on Northwest History:
"No, You Cannot be a Professor"
Now, young men and women do indeed become professors, but Larry's widely-circulated article makes it clear that you must have luck and pluck on your side. (See below his article a spirited and informative assortment of comments.)
That said, it makes sense to consider a wide variety of possible jobs outcomes as you pursue a history degree or degrees. Several historical organizations give advice:
The American Historical Association. Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote an authoritative history of the War of 1812 while in his twenties, became president of the AHA as well as president of the United States. So there is hope! Here is the link to the association's web page on jobs for historians.