Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.5% (slower than the average)


What Historians Do

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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

Other Job Titles Historians May Have

Historian, Historic Sites Registrar, Research Associate, Researcher

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Historian/Owner ,

Goldfield Ghost Town

I work on preserving the buildings and history of this location. I also manage the tours, museum, and shops on site to give guests an authentic experience.

Architectural historian ,


There are many phases of creating these technical documents. First there is the research on the historic buildings, then the photo documenting of the buildings, next the technical documents have to be written explaining why the structures are historically and/or architecturally significant. The last part is doing a map of the collective buildings or a floor plan of a building.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Conserve and preserve manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
  • Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as from books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
  • Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.
  • Research and prepare manuscripts in support of public programming and the development of exhibits at historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives.
  • Present historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.

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