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Historians

Historians
Quick Facts : Historians*
2010 Median Pay$53,520
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20124,000
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change700


Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources. They conduct research and analysis for governments, businesses, nonprofits, historical associations, and other organizations. Most historians present and interpret history for the public.

What Historians Do

  • Analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance
  • Trace historical developments in a particular field
  • Archive or preserve materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers, and historic sites
  • Provide advice or guidance on historical topics and preservation issues
  • Write reports, articles, and books on findings and theories

Work Environment

Historians held about 4,000 jobs in 2010, 57 percent of which were in government. Historians also work in museums, archives, historical societies, research organizations, nonprofits, and consulting firms. Some travel to do fieldwork. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of historians is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, depending largely on the amount of funding available.
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Pay

The average salary of historians was $53,520 in May 2010.
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Historians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Historians

53520

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Historians*
Percent Change in Employment

Historians

17.5

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Historians

Historians need a master's degree or Ph.D. for most positions. Many historians have a master's degree in history or public history, which takes 2 years to complete. Many programs require an internship or other onsite work experience as a part of the degree program.
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