Track 2: Education


Other careers in education involve teaching in public or private schools. Secondary schools are common places for historians to teach history or social studies. (Some historians enjoy teaching younger students and choose a career in primary school education.) Teaching high school involves a standardized curriculum, but, there is significant leeway for a teacher to apply their own pedagogical talents, bringing their own style to historical studies. There is also the benefit of being able to teach courses other than history and the possibility of assisting in an array of extracurricular activities, including hobbyist clubs and sporting. Lack of interest among students is a hurdle that any teacher has to overcome, just as university professors do, but in both cases there is the benefit of having a positive impact on students. Teachers can be a significant source of positive inspiration for the students they work with so closely every day.

Other education-related careers that historians can pursue are in university administration, program development, and community outreach. If you thrive on organization, love working with students and faculty, and prefer a regular working schedule (that perhaps enables you to continue to pursue your own research on the side), this is a solid career choice.

Additional educational roles can be found in historical interpretation, museum work, new media and exhibition curating, all of which are outlined in other sections of this career guide.