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Career Prospects for History Students

History graduates have highly developed communication skills both in writing and in discussion, expertise as researchers, and thorough training in interpreting and organising a wide variety of materials. They are very well equipped for employment in a range of interesting and rewarding jobs.

In addition to the teaching profession (at primary and secondary levels), graduates also work in:

  • journalism
  • broadcasting
  • heritage consultancy
  • tourism
  • public history and restoration projects
  • library work
  • archives
  • museums

Our graduates also find jobs in private industry as managers, researchers and research assistants of various kinds, and in government departments such as Foreign Affairs and Trade, Immigration, Aboriginal Affairs, Health and Treasury.

Graduates with an honours degree and research experience are employed directly in areas of academic research, within universities, private companies, or government bodies. Some graduates proceed to postgraduate study in order to become academics or broaden their expertise for work outside the university.

Students and employers find that the broad range of skills provided by a history degree is a solid and flexible foundation for successful employment in a variety of fields.

Department of History

Level 7, Napier Building


T: +61 8 8313 4249
School of Humanities