Careers in Public History

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The AHA's job listings include ads for public history positions.

A range of other resources listing job opportunities outside the academy are available:

General Information about Working in Public History

The AHA offers a free, premium-content subscription to Versatile PhD as a member benefit. Versatile PhD is a confidential web-based resource that aims to prepare PhDs and ABDs for careers outside academia. It works to identify and demystify nonacademic careers, and reveal interesting professions that require the skills historians cultivated (or are currently cultivating) in graduate school. To start using your free premium-content subscription to Versatile PhD, log into member services on the AHA website. To learn more about this service, visit Versatile PhD.

Careers for Students of History, a joint publication of the AHA, the NCPH, and the faculty and students of the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina, provides an overview of career options for professional historians.  You may order the print edition, or consult the on-line edition.

Beyond Academe, offers history PhDs information about employment opportunities outside the academy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education regularly publishes first-person articles by PhDs employed or seeking employment outside academe and maintains an archive of articles on employment outside the academy.  The Chronicle's web site also includes an excellent article on converting a CV to a resume.

Public History Resource Center includes employment information, web site reviews, interviews with public historians about their career path, and other resources.

Museum Job Resources Online, provides basic information about museum careers.

Public History: Essays from the Field, James B. Gardner and Peter S. Lapaglia, eds. (2004), provides a useful introduction to the field.

Directories maintained by professional associations can give you an idea of the range of employment opportunities open to the professional historian.  Useful sources include the Directory of Federal Historical Programs and Activities compiled by the Society for History in the Federal Government, the Directory of Historical Consultants maintained by the National Council on Public History, and the American Association for State and Local History's Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada.  The AHA's Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians is another valuable resource.