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Careers in History

Historians have the ability to work in a variety of industries. In government, some historians do research to provide historical context for current policy issues. Others write about the history of a particular government activity or program, such as a military operation or the space program. At historical sites and within historical associations, historians preserve artifacts and explain the historical significance of a wide variety of subjects, such as historic buildings, religious groups, and battlegrounds. Historians who work for businesses may examine historical evidence for legal cases and regulatory matters.

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in history, 97% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. 88% of those employed reported that they landed a position within six months of graduation. Among Hofstra graduates who majored in history and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $40,000.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for historians was reported as $61,140 per year. Employment of historians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations (see the Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Many Hofstra alumni who are history majors go on to careers teaching K-12. Places of employment our recent alumni are working include:

  • East Meadow School District
  • Hearst
  • Herricks Union Free School District
  • JetBlue Airways Corporation
  • Mercer
  • NYC Council Member Ben Kallos
  • NYC Department of Education
  • NYC Teaching Fellow
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Wantagh Union Free School District

Recent history graduates are continuing their studies at the following institutions:

  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Pace University
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Virginia

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.