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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


History is about change and continuity over time and space. Historians gain an understanding of c omplex cause-and-effect relationships by gathering, organizing and evaluating historical sources from a  variety of academic perspectives.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Verbal communication: Deliver presentations, mediate in disputes and conflicts; listen objectively, compare and contrast ideas and information

Written communication: Explaining ideas, writing and presenting information; compiling carefully reasoned reports and essays

Synthesis of information: Synthesize a large amount of information and draw conclusions based on that information, thorough, precise and attentive to detail, reading comprehension

Research: Interdisciplinary methodology and perspective, conduct and explain research clearly, forecast possible future trends

Organization: Carry out tasks with thoroughness, precision, and attention to detail, meet deadlines, manage projects

Degree specific: History of various geographical areas and time periods as well as geographical areas and time periods, understand and interpret the past and the influence of "perspective" on facts

Historical knowledge: Appreciation and awareness of cultural differences, exposure to different cultural environments, an appreciation and awareness of cultural difference through the influence of different historical factors

Analysis and evaluation: Understand the sense of "sequence" and interrelationship between events, evaluate historical data, critical and analytical thinking

Problem solving: Develop systematic procedures for investigating a problem, making sound judgments based on research and analysis of data, approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; identifying problems and developing solutions; decision-making skills through logical reasoning

Computer skills: Word processing

Keen, critical eye: Assess the validity of sources and the impact of bias on our perception of past events

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Admissions Officer
  • Archivist / Archivist Assistant
  • Bibliographer
  • Biographer
  • Cataloguer
  • Conservator
  • Cryptologist
  • Curator
  • Cybrarian
  • Educational Program Coordinator
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist/ Genealogical Assistant
  • Heritage Assistant
  • Historian
  • Historic Interpreter
  • Historic Site Administrator /  Officer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Librarian / Reference Coordinator
  • Museum Educator
  • Photograph Cataloguer
  • Policy / Program Analyst
  • Preservation/Restoration Assistant
  • Projects/Program Coordinator
  • Researcher / Research Assistant
  • Restoration Assistant
  • Tour Guide / Director
  • Writer

Potential Industries

  • Aboriginal Relations
  • Antiques & Appraising
  • Archives & Libraries
  • Art Galleries & Collections
  • Business/Market Research Firms
  • Communications & Media
  • Community Development
  • Conservation/Restoration
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Database / Records Management
  • Economic Development
  • Exporting / Importing
  • Government
  • Historic Sites/Societies
  • Immigration/Multiculturalism
  • International Organizations
  • Museums
  • Non-profit & NGO organizations
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Policy Planning
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Preservation
  • Research and Development
  • Teaching
  • Tourism

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Social Sciences Building, Room 656
T: 403.220-6401

Clubs on Campus:

History Students' Club

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020