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(Newser)   Turns out you are not absolutely unemployable with your history degree. No, there is *one* job for you   ( newser.com) divider line
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2017-03-19 04:09:11 PM  
The job posting, for those who don't want to click through several websites to find it, is here:

http://careers.historians.org/jobs/8882855/researcher?utm_source=dlvr​.​it&utm_medium=twitter
 
2017-03-19 04:22:49 PM  
Pfft. Don't need History in Trump's America. All the bad things we've done in the past are happening again.

Goddammitsomuch
 
2017-03-19 04:55:18 PM  
Male stripper with a Paul Revere theme?
 
2017-03-19 05:16:27 PM  
A lot of military officers have them. And diplomats. And other people who pay attention to how the world works.

/not a history major
 
2017-03-19 06:23:28 PM  
Oop, just got filled
 
2017-03-19 06:51:43 PM  
Minimum wage with no benefits?
 
2017-03-19 07:09:01 PM  
It's his and her story people!
 
2017-03-19 07:18:50 PM  
History of what?

It's a huge farking subject, it's not like having a PhD in Roman history makes you qualified for a job in appraising ancient Samurai swords.

That's like a company asking for a scientist to test stuff. If you have a degree in science, you may be the right person for the job!
 
2017-03-19 07:26:06 PM  
I told my mother when I graduated that I would write a song called  "Mothers, Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to be History Majors."
 
2017-03-19 07:29:38 PM  
My dad had a history degree and ended up working for the Employment Bureau of the State of Ohio for most of his life.

/he came to loathe government yet is somehow still a democrat
 
2017-03-19 07:43:08 PM  
Duh. History teacher.
 
2017-03-19 07:46:58 PM  

edmo: A lot of military officers have them. And diplomats. And other people who pay attention to how the world works.

/not a history major


And people that would prefer we don't make stupid mistakes that are completely preventable if some people would learn from said history.  But I digress..
 
2017-03-19 07:50:02 PM  
Webcam stripper?
 
2017-03-19 08:23:29 PM  
I've got a graduate degree in History, so getting a kick, etc.

/ employed
// nearly six figures
/// good thing I liked computers as much as I liked history as a kid
 
2017-03-19 08:35:20 PM  

Rand Paul's Anus is Leaking: I've got a graduate degree in History, so getting a kick, etc.

/ employed
// nearly six figures
/// good thing I liked computers as much as I liked history as a kid


You make historical porn re-enactments, don't you?

/asking for a friend
 
2017-03-19 08:45:59 PM  

Ishkur: History of what?

It's a huge farking subject, it's not like having a PhD in Roman history makes you qualified for a job in appraising ancient Samurai swords.

That's like a company asking for a scientist to test stuff. If you have a degree in science, you may be the right person for the job!


Wall Street does that all the time looking for baby analysts.  Biochemist?  Go see if this plastics company looks legit.
 
2017-03-19 08:47:12 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: My dad had a history degree and ended up working for the Employment Bureau of the State of Ohio for most of his life.

/he came to loathe government yet is somehow still a democrat


This is because he can see what happens with the alternative.
 
2017-03-19 08:55:51 PM  

TheFoz: Rand Paul's Anus is Leaking: I've got a graduate degree in History, so getting a kick, etc.

/ employed
// nearly six figures
/// good thing I liked computers as much as I liked history as a kid

You make historical porn re-enactments, don't you?

/asking for a friend


No, but depends on the money being offered, to be honest
 
2017-03-19 08:59:28 PM  
What to Do With That History Degree?

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2017-03-19 09:25:24 PM  
I'd love to have history as my field of living. It's huge and it is so important to how we understand the world we are in.
 
2017-03-19 09:52:24 PM  
Last I checked, History was one of the more rigorous degrees.  Maybe that's why there are fewer History majors nowadays.
 
2017-03-19 10:02:19 PM  
Fark politics tab denizen?
 
2017-03-19 10:25:38 PM  
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2017-03-19 10:32:18 PM  
I thought the usual job market was to join the GOP in rewriting history...
 
2017-03-19 11:11:10 PM  
The research and critical thinking skills developed in a good history program serve well in any analytical field really.

A huge market for history majors is in the intelligence agencies and State Dept as analysts.  It also obviously serves well in the legal profession.
 
2017-03-19 11:11:29 PM  
You don't need an employer if you go to law school with it.
 
2017-03-19 11:12:55 PM  
Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Sotomayor and Kagan have undergraduate degrees in history as did Justice Scalia. So have five US presidents and the CEOs and COOs of companies like IBM. Ford, Chrysler, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, NBC, several hedge funds, the co-founder of Facebook etc.
 
2017-03-19 11:48:16 PM  

Ishkur: History of what? It's a huge farking subject, it's not like having a PhD in Roman history makes you qualified for a job in appraising ancient Samurai swords.
That's like a company asking for a scientist to test stuff. If you have a degree in science, you may be the right person for the job!


According to the job listing:
"Bachelor's degree (or higher) in History or equivalent field (Public History, American Studies, Material Culture)
3+ years Research experience in history, material culture, and popular culture"

They aren't exactly producing peer-reviewed scholarship. Any good history major has the research/writing chops to make up plausible stories about toys.
 
2017-03-19 11:56:17 PM  

hoodiowithtudio: I told my mother when I graduated that I would write a song called  "Mothers, Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to be History Majors."


Then she interviewed a man in Reno, just to watch you scribe
 
2017-03-20 12:37:41 AM  

stan unusual: Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Sotomayor and Kagan have undergraduate degrees in history as did Justice Scalia. So have five US presidents and the CEOs and COOs of companies like IBM. Ford, Chrysler, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, NBC, several hedge funds, the co-founder of Facebook etc.


This there.

It's a lazy cliche that doesn't hold water.
 
2017-03-20 01:22:32 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: stan unusual: Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Sotomayor and Kagan have undergraduate degrees in history as did Justice Scalia. So have five US presidents and the CEOs and COOs of companies like IBM. Ford, Chrysler, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, NBC, several hedge funds, the co-founder of Facebook etc.

This there.

It's a lazy cliche that doesn't hold water.


Yes and no.  The problem a lot of people have is it's not a specific "Hey you are specialized in this definable thing that exists in the real world so I can see what it is and how it works" degree.  It's more an overall "We teach you how to analyze the past events in a situation and apply the knowledge gained to make today and tomorrow work out more sensibly." thing.  Some people love to see that kind of general analysis and application ability.  Some people believe that since you're not focused in on engines or chips or snack food that you're a useless ivory tower muttonhead.  Depends on what you apply for and what people need.  Those that have realized that long term just migggggght be important are far more liable to pick you up.  Adjust your seeking of opportunities accordingly.
 
2017-03-20 01:57:02 AM  
I enjoy my history degree. I haven't gotten a job much related to it, but I am pretty good at jeopardy. So it's a wash.
 
2017-03-20 02:23:44 AM  

Fukuzawa: I enjoy my history degree. I haven't gotten a job much related to it, but I am pretty good at jeopardy. So it's a wash.


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2017-03-20 06:25:45 AM  
You can find cool jobs as a historian. More at 11.
\terminal history degree
\\Curator at Smithsonian...with office...and window, door, desk
\\\Slashies for comfortable paycheck as well, plus working with really cool stuff :)
 
2017-03-20 07:34:15 AM  

historynow11: You can find cool jobs as a historian. More at 11.
\terminal history degree
\\Curator at Smithsonian...with office...and window, door, desk
\\\Slashies for comfortable paycheck as well, plus working with really cool stuff :)


You hiring any peons? I've got museum experience.

Admittedly it was as a security guard but it was for the Bowers in California during the Terra Cotta warriors tour...
 
2017-03-20 08:05:02 AM  
 
2017-03-20 08:46:18 AM  
Love my history degree, loved the research and peeling back the curtain of "common knowledge" (fark the British Empire, by the way). But...yeah, same deal with my military experience, didn't network correctly and had no contacts to leverage for jobs.
 
2017-03-20 08:57:05 AM  
My girlfriend has an undergraduate degree in Russian History. She works student affairs at a local college, though it probably doesn't hurt that her master's is in Student affairs.

Many careers start with just a degree. STEM isn't the end all be all of education.
 
2017-03-20 09:13:19 AM  

Summercat: historynow11: You can find cool jobs as a historian. More at 11.
\terminal history degree
\\Curator at Smithsonian...with office...and window, door, desk
\\\Slashies for comfortable paycheck as well, plus working with really cool stuff :)

You hiring any peons? I've got museum experience.

Admittedly it was as a security guard but it was for the Bowers in California during the Terra Cotta warriors tour...


Ask and ye shall receive: https://www.si.edu/ohr/jobs_public
 
2017-03-20 10:12:32 AM  
Also, the Trump administration is hiring a historian to warn them in case they're about to accidentally tell the truth about something.
 
2017-03-20 10:15:48 AM  

Rand Paul's Anus is Leaking: I've got a graduate degree in History, so getting a kick, etc.

/ employed
// nearly six figures
/// good thing I liked computers as much as I liked history as a kid


I think we're the same person, history degree/software engineer.
 
2017-03-20 01:27:11 PM  
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