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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 2016-2017 graduating class, 99% of those majoring in the social sciences 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 $46,000.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for historians was reported as $59,120 in 2016. Employment of historians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations (see 2017-2018 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:

  • NYC Teaching Fellows
  • U.S. Army
  • City Year
  • Herricks Union Free School District
  • NYC Council Member Ben Kallos
  • Ballston Spa High School
  • Brooklyn Landmark Elementary
  • Camp Anchor
  • East Meadow School District
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Goodman-Marks Associates
  • Hearst Corporation
  • Hofstra University
  • Iken Science Academy Preschool
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Day
  • Massapequa School District
  • Next Generation Children's Center
  • North Shore Medical Center
  • Pierce Middle School
  • TD Bank
  • The Suydam Magnet School
  • Trace Foundation
  • Tulsa (OK) Public Schools
  • YMCA

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

  • University of Virginia
  • Fordham University
  • Villanova University
  • University of Texas
  • Washington University, Bothell
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY City College of New York
  • CUNY Queens College
  • CUNY School of Law
  • Hofstra University
  • Molloy College
  • Pace University
  • Regis College
  • Suffolk Law School
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Farmingdale
  • Touro College

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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.