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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 Hofstra's 2015-2016 graduating class, 95% of those majoring in the history reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $47,000.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the median income for historians was reported as $55,110 in 2016. (see 2016-2017 U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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

  • The After-School Corporation
  • New York City Council
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York Historical Society
  • NYPD
  • Project HEAL
  • Scholastic
  • Supreme Court of the US
  • TD Bank
  • Teach for America
  • United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

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

  • Stanford University
  • Fordham University
  • University of Albany
  • University of Texas
  • Villanova University
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Queens College
  • CUNY School of Law
  • Hofstra University
  • Regis College

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. 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.