Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
Common job titles of Historians include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
23.88% said they needed a Master's Degree.
20.43% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Conserve and preserve manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.
Conduct historical research, and publish or present findings and theories.
Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as collect data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
Organize data, and analyze and interpret its authenticity and relative significance.
Coordinate activities of workers engaged in cataloging and filing materials.
Research and prepare manuscripts in support of public programming and the development of exhibits at historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives.
Determine which topics to research, or pursue research topics specified by clients or employers.
Research the history of a particular country or region, or of a specific time period.
Trace historical development in a particular field, such as social, cultural, political, or diplomatic history.
Recommend actions related to historical art, such as which items to add to a collection or which items to display in an exhibit.
Interview people to gather information about historical events and to record oral histories.
Collect detailed information on individuals for use in biographies.
Advise or consult with individuals and institutions regarding issues such as the historical authenticity of materials or the customs of a specific historical period.
Organize information for publication and for other means of dissemination, such as use in CD-ROMs or Internet sites.
Present historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
Prepare publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others, to ensure their historical accuracy.
Speak to various groups, organizations, and clubs to promote the aims and activities of historical societies.
Teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, museums, and other research agencies and schools.
Edit historical society publications.
Translate or request translation of reference materials.
Digital still camerasAll Tools
Digital audio recorders
Data input scanners
Computer laser printers
Computer inkjet printers
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Geographic information system GIS software
IBM SPSS Statistics
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
Archives WikiAll Technologies
Audio editing software
Database management systems
Digital image collections
Digital mapping software
Google Books NGram Viewer
Library of Congress digital collections
National Archives online databases
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)
ProQuest Archive Finder
Reference management software
Searchable online catalogs
Smithsonian Institution digital archives
Statistical analysis software
Text mining software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.