Career Possibilities

What Are Some of the Job Tasks?

  • Advise on, design, or prepare museum displays
  • Collect and organize data
  • Conduct surveys
  • Conduct and explain scientific research
  • Conduct genealogy research
  • Examine groups and social institutions
  • Examine human interaction
  • Give presentations, lead seminars, teach
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Study aspects of human and pre-human behavior and history
  • Write about historical events and individuals

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What Are Some Potential Occupations?

  • Attorney
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • College Faculty Member
  • Counselor
  • Curator
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Genealogist
  • Government Administrator
  • Hospitality Director
  • Human Relations Director
  • Historical Materials Consultant
  • Historical Preservation Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian
  • Market Analysis
  • Museum Specialist
  • News Analyst
  • Political Scientist
  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Travel Agent
  • Urban Planner

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Who Hires?

  • Affirmative Action Offices
  • Industry Civil Rights Agencies
  • Hospitals Education Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Historical Associations/Societies
  • Hotel Chains
  • Labor Unions
  • Law Firms
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Newspapers
  • Ombuds Departments
  • Personnel Departments
  • Publishing Houses
  • Social Services Agencies
  • Travel Agencies
  • Television Stations
  • Youth Organizations

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Additional Information:

  • Experience acquired through cooperative education or internships can prove valuable in obtaining professional positions.
  • At least one class in multicultural studies or one focusing on another face/ethnic group, plus a women’s studies or womanist class will prove beneficial.
  • Graduates should be prepared to work in any area of the country and at any size institution.
  • Presentation or attendance at national association meetings is desirable.
  • Training at the doctoral level is necessary to become employed as a university faculty member.
  • Training beyond the master’s level is usually required for professional positions.
  • Training in both qualitative and quantitative analysis is desirable for research at any level.

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What Are Some Desirable Personal Qualities?

  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly, both in writing and orally
  • Ability to work independently
  • Academic aptitude
  • Analytical skills
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Interest in and the ability to perform research
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity
  • Organized and reliable

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