History - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on History.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Research and interpret past and present events and forecast possible future trends
  • Appreciate, understand, compile and apply diverse historical and cultural perspectives to a situation
  • Gather, synthesize and analyze historical and contemporary information
  • Identify precedents for policy development, decision making and strategic planning
  • Investigate regulatory guidelines and make recommendations for compliance and preservation
  • Authenticate materials, information and data for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and integrity
  •  Interpret and compare historical and contemporary information (for example, demographics)
  • Produce well-researched material, integrating current and past interpretations and perspectives and develop effective presentation material to communicate information to various groups
  • Ensure accuracy of historical information when creating or editing published materials or displays

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Acquisitions Editor
Antique Dealer
Art Historian
Arts Administrator
Collections Officer
Community Development
Community Program Manager
Consumer Advocate
Corporate Communications
Corporate Historian
Cultural Affairs Specialist
Collection Manager
Documentary Writer/Producer
Exhibit Designer
Foreign Correspondent/
Forensic Analyst
Genealogical Researcher
Heritage Co-ordinator
Historical Interpreter
Historical Projects Co-ordinator
Human Resources
Immigration Officer
Information Specialist
Insurance Agent/Broker
Intelligence Officer
International Development
International Relations Manager
Internet Researcher
Librarian/Library Technician
Museum Administrator
Political Aide
Politician/Campaign Manager
Public Administration
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations
Publication Researcher
Resettlement Worker
Technical Writer
Tourism Consultant
TV/Film Researcher
University Admissions Officer
Urban Planner

Potential Employers

Chambers of Commerce
Community Development
Educational Institutions
Heritage Foundations
Historical Societies
Hospitality Industry
Insurance Companies
Market Research Firms
Media Organizations
National Parks
Non-Profit Organizations
Political Parties
Publishing Companies
Research Firms
Social Service Agencies
Statistics Canada/Polling


Canadian Museums Association - museums.ca
Canada’s History - canadahistory.ca
Canadian Historical Association - cha-shc.ca
Canadian Heritage Information Network -  chin.gc.ca
Canadian Heritage - pch.gc.ca
Heritage Canada The National Trust - heritagecanada.org
Association of Canadian Archivists - archivists.ca
Canadian Council of Archives - cdncouncilarchives.ca
Association of Records Managers and Administrators - armacanada.org
Canadian Museum of HIstory - civilization.ca
Waterloo Historical Society - whs.ca

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.


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