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Places of Employment

Students who major in art history develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical and creative thinking; oral, written, and visual communication skills; the ability to take multiple approaches to solving problems; adaptability; the ability to work effectively individually and collaboratively; the ability to interpret cultures; organization; research and synthesis. Students and alumni may find employment in government, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses, depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

 

Jobs Reported by Art History Majors

This is a list of jobs art history majors reported having at graduation. It was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Account Support Representative for a company providing educational tours
  • Actuarial Associate for a public accounting firm
  • Administrative Assistant for an art museum
  • Administrator for a museum of contemporary art
  • Analyst for a financial services firm
  • Analyst for an investment banking firm
  • Art Consultant for an art gallery
  • Art Teacher for an independent school
  • Assistant Account Executive for a public relations firm
  • Assistant Department Manager for a department store
  • Assistant Director for a company providing tutoring services
  • Assistant for an auction house
  • Assistant Research Executive for a market research firm
  • Assistant to On-Air Promotions for a comedy channel
  • Associate Director of Operations for a seaport museum
  • Associate Editor for museum
  • Associate for a global management and consulting firm
  • Associate for an art gallery
  • Associate for an international strategy consulting firm
  • Business Analyst for a global management consulting company
  • Business Development and Marketing Associate for software development company
  • Business Valuation Associate for an accounting firm
  • Client Executive for a global public relations & communications firm
  • Coordinator for Special Projects at a college
  • Corporate Librarian for a high-tech company
  • Corporate Paralegal for a law firm
  • Curator for a historical trust
  • Curatorial Intern for an art museum
  • Customer Care Representative for a mobile communications company
  • Customer Service Representative for a provider of bibliographic information management solutions
  • Development Assistant for a public relations firm
  • Development Assistant for an art museum
  • Development Associate for an arts school
  • Division Specialist for an arts-related federal agency
  • Education Assistant for a contemporary art museum
  • Event Coordinator for a performing arts center
  • Executive Assistant for a financial history museum
  • Executive Assistant for an auction house
  • Executive Trainee for a department store
  • Fashion Stylist for a clothing retailer
  • Finance Coordinator for a science museum
  • First Grade Teacher for a national educational nonprofit
  • Gallery Attendant for an art gallery
  • Grant Manager for a university
  • Historian for a cultural resource management firm
  • Historic Interpreter for a state park
  • Human Resources Associate for a provider of internet-related products
  • Information Specialist for a professional association
  • Intern for a fashion/lifestyle magazine
  • Intern for a national art museum
  • Intern for an American art museum
  • Intern for an art museum
  • Intern for an arts foundation
  • Lead Teacher for a faith-based school
  • Legal Analyst for law firm
  • Legal Assistant for a hedge fund management firm
  • Legal Assistant for an international law firm
  • Library Assistant for an institutional asset management firm
  • Management Associate for a bank
  • Manager for a clothing retailer
  • Manager for a gallery
  • Marketing Consultant and Creative Design Specialist for an advertising firm
  • Office Assistant for a flight museum
  • Office Manager for a gallery
  • Operations Manager for a symphony orchestra
  • Placement Manager for staffing agency
  • Product Design Project Manager for a consumer goods company
  • Product Specialist for a provider of retirement investment products for employers
  • Project Assistant for a commercial real estate market research firm
  • Public Relations Specialist for a fashion designer
  • Realtor for a builder of sustainable neighborhoods
  • Research Assistant for a federal public health agency
  • Research Assistant for an art museum
  • Residential Counselor for a nonprofit serving people with physical disabilities
  • Sales Representative for a seller of natural stone products
  • Special Events Associate for a museum
  • Specialist for a consumer electronics company
  • Teacher for an alternative teacher certification program
  • Teacher’s Aide for a nonprofit preschool for children with cancer
  • Tutor for an urban charter school

For additional ideas, review this list of employers who posted jobs for students majoring in Arts and Letters:

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n.

  • Archivist
  • Art Conservator/Framer
  • Art Critic
  • Art Handler
  • Arts Center Manager
  • Arts Funder
  • Church Art Restorator

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Art History Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Resources for Art History Majors

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Professional Associations

  • American Alliance of Museums (AAM) — "The American Alliance of Museums' mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service."
  • Association of Art Historians — "The Association of Art Historians (AAH) was formed in 1974 to support and promote the study of art history. We are the national organisation for professional art and design historians, researchers or students who are involved in education, galleries, museums and art-related publishing, or any other activity linked with art and design history."

Arts Organizations

Department of Art - Portland State University

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