Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: History

History field of degree. Employment: 1,203,010. Median annual wage: $57,000.

History field of degree. Employment: 1,203,010. Median annual wage: $57,000

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Table 1. History degree, 2018

Data

History

All fields

Employment

1,203,010 55,381,020

Median wage

$57,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

15 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

59 59

Percent with an advanced degree

50 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of history majors, 2018

History majors

Major share

History

98%

U.S. history

2

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a history degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Educational instruction and library occupations

18%

Management occupations

16

Legal occupations

12

Business and financial operations occupations

10

Sales and related occupations

9

Other

36

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a history degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 4% 74%

Management analysts

11 Bachelor's degree 2 36

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 11 93

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 8 50

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

4 Bachelor's degree 3 53

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 2 55

Customer service representatives

-2 High school diploma or equivalent 1 4

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 4 21

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

-5 High school diploma or equivalent 2 5

Chief executives

-10 Bachelor's degree 2 30

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: History,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/history/history-field-of-degree.htm (visited September 20, 2021).

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