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Academic Job Market for Historians Is More Complex Than It Appears

A new report from the American Historical Association details the complexities of the rocky academic job market for historians. Among the factors affecting the “ecology of the academic job market” are the number of new doctoral students entering history programs, the types of jobs they are trained to do, and history salaries that have fallen as the discipline has become more closely identified with humanities fields such as English and foreign languages. The report, published in the December issue of the association’s magazine, Perspectives on History, also notes that people with Ph.D.’s in history should also consider jobs outside of academe. In fact, the association’s president and executive director recently wrote two essays, in part, about why it’s important to embrace the full spectrum of careers for historians and help job seekers with nonacademic careers in mind.

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