The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) reports that employment for historians is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2022. Historians who are employed by policy and research, historical consulting, and historic preservation firms, as well as at historical societies, will have the best employment opportunities in the next decade. Employment at federal agencies (which employ nearly one-quarter of all historians) is expected decline 12 percent through 2022. The OOH predicts that "those with practical skills or hands-on work experience in a specialized field such as collections, fund-raising, or exhibit design, should have the best job prospects."

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