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History Major Job Ideas. Teacher, Professor, Lawyer, or something else?

Indiana534Indiana534 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
So I recently graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelors in History and a minor in Political Science. Overall I have a good GPA of 3.4 and am currently in a Single Subject Teaching Credential Program. I originally wanted to be a teacher but now I am having second thoughts due to the salary. I enjoy helping people and making some what of a difference in people's lives but I also want to be able to make some money down the road.

I originally told my father that I wanted to think about what I wanted to do and didn't want him to spend money on the teaching program since I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it. He re assured me saying that it would give me a stable job and if I wanted to pursue Graduate School he would help me out a bit. I am in a teaching program and have been enjoying it but I can't see myself being one for the rest of my life due to the money. I like the job but the money part bothers me.

Possible Jobs I can see my self realistically doing are staying in education and becoming a Principal, staying as a History Teacher, or becoming a Professor or a Lawyer. Part of me has thought about pursuing Law School or going to Graduate School to become a administrator or professor but I have heard some horror stories such as crippling debt in Law School and unemployment. If anyone has any opinions of what they think of Law School or their opinions on becoming a Professor or other job ideas I am happy to hear them. I just am on the fence on what path I want to take for a career.

Replies to: History Major Job Ideas. Teacher, Professor, Lawyer, or something else?

  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,768 Senior Member
    There are jobs in politics if you choose to go that route at the State Capitol.
    I had a university professor who absolutely loved teaching politics and history.
  • EmpireappleEmpireapple Registered User Posts: 1,408 Senior Member
    You didn't say what stay you live in. If you teach in the right state, you will be paid very well with amazing retirement and benefits. Better than the private sector. If you like teaching but the money is an issue, focus on getting a job in the right school. You will be required to get a masters as a teacher so it might be a good idea to get it in administration. Then you would always have that option. In suburban schools in many states administrators make between low 100s to 200K. Not bad especially when you throw in the schedule and the benefits.
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