We have two generations of art history majors in our family. I studied art history at a large university. I always thought I would go into museum work but got distracted long the way and ended up in a consumer product related business. The skills that are transferable are evaluation, analysis, articulation have served me well. On a personal level I have a lifelong interest in art and constantly use what I learned decades ago when I visit museums and monuments all over the world. To put it another way studying art history has made me a more interesting person.
My son who is a rising senior at Williams is doing a combined major of art history/art studio and will be more likely to go into something more specifically related to the arts. This summer he's doing a museum internship and considers museum work -- either curating or other areas like education or management -- to be of interest in which case he will need a masters or a PhD in art history. There is also a possibility that he will get a masters in architecture. And, in a related but different direction, he is considering law school as there are many arts related law fields.