Career Paths

By enrolling in the Indigenous Cultures and Histories major or minor you will gain valuable knowledge, training and skills that can lead to many exciting career opportunities including:

  • Cultural heritage management
  • Museum and art gallery curator
  • Cultural and linguistic maintenance
  • Environmental management
  • Private sector (e.g. advisory role to tourism or mining industries)
  • Indigenous-controlled organisations (e.g. land councils, native title organisations)
  • Indigenous art centres (e.g. community liaison, project manager)
  • Policy (e.g. public service and government agencies such as Aboriginal Affairs Victoria)
  • Not-for-profit sector (e.g. NGOs, AusAID or similar organisations)
  • Community/state/territory/national media organisations
  • Archival researchers
  • Human resources (training and development)
  • Indigenous health
  • Teaching (with additional qualifications)
  • Research and academia (with additional qualifications i.e. Archaeology, History, Anthropology)

In the private sector graduates are increasingly sought by Australian industry in areas such as mining, agriculture, tourism and the arts. They fulfil a range of tasks from policy advisors, community liaison and economic development, applied research and human resource management. Law graduates with an appreciation of Australian Indigenous issues are also increasingly valued by the private sector, as industry is required to negotiate with people over land usage consistent with land and native title rights.

In the public sector graduates work as policy, financial and legal advisors, administrators, managers and researchers. In education, teaching graduates with an appreciation of Australian Indigenous issues are highly sought for positions in rural and remote schools or in other schools supportive of Indigenous studies programmes.

These various employment outcomes indicate that Indigenous Cultures and Histories can provide students entering the job market with both specialist skills and a broad general education. Both are important given that current employment trends and jobs demand that graduates be highly flexible, adaptable and committed to ongoing education.

While specialist skills enable graduates to work in a range of occupations that directly interact with Australian Indigenous people and communities, the broader general educational benefits of Indigenous Cultures and Histories provides graduates with transferable cross cultural communication skills that are extremely useful for working in a multicultural society like Australia.

A major in Indigenous Cultures and Histories can unlock the door to a multitude of options for both career and further study. Indigenous Cultures and Histories units provide a range of skills useful in the ever-changing modern work environment. As an Indigenous Cultures and Histories major, you will have general, portable and lasting skills, which will enable you to take on challenging jobs and adapt and grow into the jobs of the future.

  • I majored in Indigenous Cultures and Histories because I am an Aboriginal person and needed to know all I can about Indigenous history and issues. It’s important that students think about doing something in Indigenous Cultures and Histories so as not to be ignorant about my people and the issues facing them. Non-Indigenous students could ... Read more