Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Data On Career Prospects for History Majors

Over at AHA Today, Rob Townsend offers some online resources "that can help you and your students in thinking about their potential careers and financial prospects."

Here is a taste:

The prevailing question from students and parents these days seems to be about how salaries for history majors compare to other fields. A new report from the Humanities Indicators finds median annual earnings were $55,000 for workers who majored in US history and $50,000 for those who majored in another area of history (with only a bachelor’s degree). Both numbers compare favorably to $42,000 for the average American aged 25 to 64 (including all those who have not earned degrees), but lag a bit behind the average for graduates from all fields ($57,000). Those numbers can provide a baseline for general discussions with parents and administrators. For a one-on-one conversation with a student, however, PayScale offers a nice visualization of history’s relationship to other degrees. The visualization is very accessible for the average reader, but needs to be read with caution, since it relies only on self-reported data. 

Read more here.

And for more anecdotal evidence check out our series So What CAN You Do With a History Major?