Historian Leads Group on Walking Tour

Historians study, assess, and interpret the activities and conduct of individuals or social, ethnic, political, or geographical groups of the past. They research and write books and papers about various subjects. Some also teach in universities and lecture for museums and historical societies. Many historians specialize in certain eras and specific subjects of history.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Archivists, Biographers, Curators, Genealogists, Historical Society Directors
Duties Research and interpret past events; preserve historical documents; make presentations about historical incidents, family histories, or the lives of important individuals; preserve historical artifacts and documents; write articles and books; teach
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
Experience Part-time or volunteer experience working in a museum, at a historical site, or assisting historians with research
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Museum Director/Curator
  • Archivist or Historian
  • Professor/Writer/Biographer
  • Assistant Professor/Researcher