Have you ever felt like you were born in the wrong generation? Holding an affinity for the things of the past? Do you ever visit monuments and enjoy reading the plaque stories that took place from another time? If this rings true for you, then you may want to consider majoring in history.

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UTSA’s History Program

This program combines the development of informed perspectives, analytical skills, and mastery of content areas that cover the United States and different regions in the world to study a wide range of historical persons, events and time periods. A major in History teaches a student to write effectively and expressively, to think critically, to analyze arguments, and to communicate ideas. These skills will aid in the pursuit of a career in a variety of fields.

At UTSA, you can earn a History degree with an optional concentration in Social Studies. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor. A concentration in Social Studies is designed for students intending to teach history, geography, government and economics at the secondary school level.

Careers in History

Top job titles for History graduates include:

• Sales Representative
• Account Manager
• Recruiter
• College Professor
• Middle/High School Teacher
• Paralegal
• Technical Writer

History and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, San Francisco, CA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 history-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for History Graduates

History is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of history-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Business Support Services
• Higher Education
• Insurance Carriers
• Elementary and Secondary Schools
• Legal Services
• Consulting Services

Salaries for History Graduates

The salary range for open history-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $33,947
median $50,250
top 10% $81,979

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for History Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a History graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. History may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are well organized
• You enjoy learning
• You are detail oriented
• You enjoy solving puzzles and problems