Careers in History
Careers in History:
The History Major prepares students for a wide range of fulfilling careers after graduation. It is an ideal major for students interested in entering professions including, law, government research and civil administration, education, museums and hospitality, among many others.
History students acquire skills that are desirable to employers. At Shepherd, students learn how to conduct research, contextualize their research findings, and present their research outcomes in a clear and concise manner. These “human” skills empower History students to secure employment in a fast changing, and increasingly automated world. According to a study commissioned by the American Historical Association in 2017, the median income for history graduates between the ages of 25 and 64 is $60,000 per year. The median income increases for history graduate in managerial positions ($80,000) and for those in the legal occupations ($100,000).
Shepherd History Alumni:
Shepherd History graduates have found fulfilling careers in a wide variety of professions, including law, health services, publishing, government and education. Shepherd History graduates include:
- Kathryn Averett, Cultural Resource Management, Antietam National Battlefield
- Jody Brumage, Director of Education and Outreach, Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education
- Amelia Carte, Coordinator for Civic Engagement at Coastal Carolina University
- Brandon Dennison, Founder and CEO of Coalfield Development
- Melanie Garvey, Archivist, Clarke County Historical Society
- Samantha Lomb, Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Vyatka State University in Kirov, Russia
- Kevin Pawlak, Historic Site Manager for the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and works as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield
- Nick Redding, Executive Director, Preservation Maryland
- Ahna Wilson, Superintendent of Women’s Rights National Historical Park and Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
- Nadine Zimmerli, Editor for History and Social Sciences, University Press of Virginia, PhD from U. of Wisconsin, Madison