Historians


Overview

Introduction

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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Experience

Part-time or volunteer experience working in a museum, at a histo...


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Skills

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Personality Traits

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Earnings

Hstorians earned median annual salaries of $61,140 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from less than $29,270 to $110,670 or more annually. Historians who worked at museums and historical sites earned mean annual salaries of $54,400. Salaries for history professors ranged from less than $40,600 to $134,170 or more. Historians and his...

Work Environment

Historians employed in educational settings enjoy clean, well-lighted, and pleasant work settings. College and university professors may have their own offices, or they may have to share an office with one or more colleagues. College professors enjoy a flexible schedule that allows them to arrange their work days around class hours, academic meetings, and the established office hours when they ...

Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) reports that employment for historians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028. 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 (as long as public ...