Historians are everywhere

With the ability to analyze human and social behavior, to research pressing problems, and to express themselves clearly, history students are well-prepared for a myriad of careers. Earning a history degree will help you develop the skills most valuable to potential employers:

  • Problem-solving and teamwork
  • Oral and written communication
  • Analytic thinking

NACE Job Outlook 2024

Historians are educators

  • Primary/Secondary/Post-Secondary
  • Historic Sites and Museums



Historians are information managers

  • Archivists
  • Records Managers
  • Librarians
  • Information Managers

Historians are researchers

  • Museums and Historical Organizations
  • Cultural Resources Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Public Policy Institutes

Historians are advocates

  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Litigation Support
  • Legislative Staff
  • Foundations
  • Social Work

Historians are communicators

  • Writers and Editors
  • Journalists
  • Artists
  • Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians are public servants

  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Human Rights Workers
  • Elected Officials
  • Health Professionals
  • Policy Makers

Career resources for UI undergraduate students

The Pomerantz Career Center provides high-quality resources and services to students, alumni, and employers. The site has information designed to help you move through the various stages of the job search process, including the Handshake@UIowa website as well as information on upcoming employer visits, internships, and careers after college.

Meet with a career coach

Plan for your future.

All undergraduates can meet with a career coach to explore interests, skills, strengths, and values as you plan for after graduation.

Schedule an Appointment

Participate in a mock interview

Practice, practice, practice.

Experience first-hand what an interview might be like by participating in a Mock Interview where you can practice interviewing, ask questions about the interview process, and be critiqued by volunteer employers from surrounding communities.

Sign Up for a Mock Interview

Attend a career fair

Find your next opportunity.

Network with employers and learn more about job and career opportunities in a variety of areas right here on campus.

Attend a Career Fair

Write an effective resume

Stand out to future employers.

Learn the level of detail needed to get noticed in the applicant pool and by Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) software, including tips on how to format your resume, effective use of power verbs, a formula for crafting bullet points, and more.

Get Started with Resumes

Find or create an internship

Get on-the-job experience.

We'll guide you through the process of finding an internship, creating your own opportunity, and evaluating internship offers.

Find Your Internship

Explore majors and careers

Start the career exploration process.

Learn more about how your personal attributes impact potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. Or, start by exploring career fields and find majors that align with your interests and skills.

Take a Career Assessment