Historians

General Information

Description

Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of historians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 300 openings for historians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$63,100

Military salary*

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State-by-state Salary

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$92,520
$29,630
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 23%
  • Bachelor's degree 20%
  • Some college 17%
  • Post-secondary certificate 15%
  • High school 9%
  • Less than high school 8%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • History and Archeology
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • Clerical
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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