Lawyers and Paralegals
In addition to providing experience in logical argumentation, history
courses offer research, writing, and analytical skills necessary
both for law school and the practice of law.
Students of history wishing to become lawyers must, of course, be
graduated from law school, but it is possible to become professional
paralegal assistants with some training in this field.
Research skills gained through training in history also provide a useful background for print, broadcast, or Internet journalism. Although historical subjects are not always the primary topics of research for journalists, the ability to use a variety of sources, to understand the necessity of verification, to think analytically, and to write clearly, is as important in journalism as in history. These skills are useful not only for those interested in investigative reporting and feature writing, but also for advertising and public relations professionals.
As with many other occupations, however, a history background is usually not enough. Anyone with an interest in journalism should gain experience by working for the student newspaper or radio or television station while in college. Writing and editing for these media are the best ways to learn. This can be supplemented by additional course work in print or broadcast journalism.
Historic Sites and Museums
The United States has numerous historic sites and museums ranging from large national museums to the small, local historical society collections. The National Park Service is responsible for approximately 350 parks, battlefields, monuments, and sites around the country, almost all of which have some cultural resources to be interpreted. Educators are needed at such sites to interpret the past to visitors with a wide range of education and experience. Those who teach at museums and historic sites may need more than traditional history courses to qualify for their positions. Courses in art history, folklore, and archeology may prove useful training for work at a museum or historic site. In a small museum, the education specialist may also have some responsibilities for exhibit preparation and collections management. In this case, specialized museum courses are invaluable. In large museums, there is a distinct difference between curators, who are responsible for the collections, and exhibit specialists, who design the exhibits.