Various careers are open to individuals who hold graduate degrees in history. Teaching at the high school, junior college or university level is the most traditional career track. The limited number of teaching positions in higher education in recent years has made it necessary for an increasing number of history graduates to find jobs elsewhere. Some have been employed by business firms, and a larger number have taken jobs in what is now commonly called public history. Among the public history employers are state historical societies and museums, historical journals, libraries and archives, and agencies of the state and federal governments.

Students stand under Hellems archHistory graduate students at any stage of their education may also apply for admission to the Museum Studies certificate program, through which a combination of course work and internship experience will prepare them for employment in museums and historical societies. Students interested in this program should consult the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Paul Sutter.

Career Services, on the Boulder campus, is available to guide students on how to find jobs. A nominal fee is charged for maintaining a "Credentials" file. Students may make individual arrangements with the Career Services office. There is also a notebook with advertised job openings, located in the Graduate office. The office of the departmental secretary also maintains a credentials service which forwards applications materials free of charge to potential employers.