History Majors at Work

What can you do with a UWM History degree? We found out.

The training you get as a history major is the perfect foundation for any career. Critical thinking, research, and writing — the kinds of skills our major gives you — are all in high demand across a wide range of professions. More importantly, students who have learned to critically analyze the past gain a more empowered relationship to the world around us in the present. When you understand the origins of current problems, conflicts, and structures, you gain insight into how we could transform the present and begin to build better futures. Historical training provides you with skills that cannot be replaced by automation and artificial intelligence, but it also fosters empathy, helping you to build a career that is meaningful and creative.

We took a look at some of the careers our History major and History MA alumni have found, and their extremely diverse and successful career paths are a testament to the continued value of majoring in history. Our majors are well-represented in fields you might expect for a history major, such as museums, libraries and archives, and education. But they are also lawyers, entrepreneurs, politicians, non-profit and charitable organization leaders, civil servants, businessmen and -women, and investment professionals. Whatever profession you find, majoring in history will prepare you for a changing world with skills that never become obsolete.

Jobs held by recent UWM History Majors and History MA graduates:

Museums (Curation, education, administration)
Teaching (elementary, HS, College, Jr College)
Archives and data management
Senior Customer Service Logistics Representative at Waste Management
Coordinator of Digital Access and Metadata Services
Librarian/Archivist at Milwaukee Art Museum Research Center
Archivist at Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Director of Education & Engagement at Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center
Electronic Records Manager at Marquette University
Top Rated Ebay Seller in vintage jewelry, stainless flatware, and sterling silver collectibles
Business Manager at Baylon Family Physicians, Ltd
Branch Manager at Milwaukee Public Library
Senior Document Architect at PKWARE-Technical writer
Business/Financial Office Assistant at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Outreach & Marketing Librarian at UW-Parkside
Chief writer at Freelance Writer
Curator and Operations Manager at Milwaukee County Historical Society
Office Technician/Alternate Examiner at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Grant Writer
Insurance Advisor–Commercial, Life & Disability at Professional Insurance Programs
Paralegal, lawyer
Campaign manager
Director of Major and Planned Giving at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Non-Profit Management and Financial Consultant
Executive Director at Wisconsin Education Network
Financial Advisor | The Zalewski Schneck Group | Private Wealth Management
Chief Executive Officer at COMMUNITY CARE, INC
Owner & Yoga/Meditation Teacher at Kolibri Studio
Development Officer — Grants at Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation
Membership and Volunteer Coordinator at Green Bay Botanical Garden
Managing Partner at Timmel Energy LLC
Legal Assistant at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Business Development Manager at Basic Metals Inc
President and CEO at Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin
Owner (Captain) of Sea Dog Sailing LLC
Inside Sales Executive at GE Healthcare
Executive Director at Milwaukee Public Market
President at AFSCME Local 91
Director of Public Programs, Historic London Town & Gardens
Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice
SVP-Chief Information Officer: WaterStone Bank
President, Heritage Research, Ltd.
Area Revenue Manager at Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Digital Communications Manager
Executive Director – Worldwide Foundation at World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)
Government Affairs and Communications Associate
Director of Sales & Marketing at Planet Bike
Health care consulting