Career Spotlight: Historians

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Historians have the important responsibility of researching and interpreting the stories of our past. Let’s take a look at what historians do, their job prospects and how you may go about pursuing this fascinating career path.

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What Do Historians Do?

As we mentioned above, historians analyze and interpret the past by researching a wide variety of historical documents. Some examples of typical duties include gathering data from archives, books and artifacts; archiving or preserving materials in museums or historic sites; and writing reports and books on historical findings and theories.

What Are The Job Prospects and Pay?

According to the BLS, employment of historians is predicted to grow by 6% from 2012 to 2022 and the median annual wage of historians is $52,480.[i]

What Type of Training Do I Need?

According to the BLS, historians generally require a master’s degree and some research positions may require a Ph.D.Typical degree majors may include history, public history, museum studies, historical preservation or archival management. Research positions that require a Ph.D. typically concentrate in a specific area of history and specializations may include a certain country, period or field. [ii]

What Online Programs May Support This Career Goal?

Although the minimum requirement for most historian positions is a master’s degree, below are some examples of online options that may help you pursue your goals.


[i] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/historians.htm
[ii] http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193093.htm

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