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.

Quick Facts
Duties Research and interpret past events; preserve historical documents; make presentations about historical incidents, family histories, or the lives of important individuals; preserve historical artifacts and documents; write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
Alternate Title(s) Archivists, Biographers, Curators, Genealogists, Historical Society Directors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related 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
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Museum Director/Curator
  • Archivist or Historian
  • Professor/Writer/Biographer
  • Assistant Professor/Researcher

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