Historian Job Openings - 25 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,905

    NEW
    Architectural Historian
    Search, Inc.

    Gainesville, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $170,040

    NEW
    Architectural Historian
    Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc.

    Atlanta, GA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,905

    Historian Clerical
    Westcare

    Sheridan, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $172,970

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    Historian Clerk
    Chenega

    San Antonio, TX

  • Estimated Salary

    $170,040

    Architectural Historian
    Kimley-Horn

    Atlanta, GA

  • Estimated Salary

    $172,970

    Historian Clerk
    Chenega Corporation

    Lackland Air Force Base, TX

  • Estimated Salary

    $157,330

    Architectural Historian
    Cardno

    Charlottesville, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $185,440

    NEW
    Disinterment Historian
    Pae

    Santa Cruz, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,905

    NEW
    Position Title Tenure-Track Faculty: Modern East Asian Historian
    University of St. Thomas

    Saint Paul, MN

  • Estimated Salary

    $34,820

    NEW
    ED Medication Historian Tech
    Kaweah Health Care District

    Visalia, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $42,480

    NEW
    Assistant Historian
    Colorado State

    Denver, CO

  • Estimated Salary

    $28,630

    NEW
    Pharmacy Technician III Medication Historian - Mount Carmel West
    Mount Carmel Health System

    Columbus, OH

  • Estimated Salary

    $28,630

    Pharmacy Technician III Medication Historian - Mount Carmel West
    Mercy Medical Center Clinton

    Columbus, OH

  • Estimated Salary

    $108,357

    Medication Historian - Pharmacy - Part time, 27 hrs weekly
    Mercy Medical Center Clinton

    Mishawaka, IN

  • Estimated Salary

    $28,630

    Pharmacy Technician III Medication Historian - Mount Carmel West
    Mount Carmel Health System

    Columbus, OH

  • Estimated Salary

    $65,249

    NEW
    Senior Architectural Historian
    Aecom

    Germantown, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $65,249

    NEW
    Senior Architectural Historian

    Germantown, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,181

    NEW
    Pathways Intern (Historian)
    National Park Service

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,181

    NEW
    Pathways Intern (Historian)
    National Park Service

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $51,088

    NEW
    Senior Architectural Historian, Project Manager
    SWCA Environmental Consultants

    Pasadena, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $51,088

    Senior Architectural Historian, Project Manager
    SWCA Environmental Consultants

    Pasadena, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $54,554

    Theatre and Dance
    Western Illinois University

    Macomb, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,233

    Early Career Architectural Historian - San Diego, CA
    Ch2M

    San Diego, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,916

    NEW
    Pharmacy Tech 2 - Med Historian - Boise
    St. Luke's Health System

    Meridian, ID

  • Estimated Salary

    $115,000

    NEW
    Sr. Automation Engineer
    Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc.

    Fremont, CA

Historian Jobs

average

$41,906

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment
  • Make Decisions

What does a Historian do

Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying historical documents and sources.

Duties

Historians typically do the following:

  • Gather historical data from various sources, including archives, books, and artifacts
  • Analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance
  • Trace historical developments in a particular field
  • Engage with the public through educational programs and presentations
  • 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

Historians conduct research and analysis for governments, businesses, nonprofits, historical associations, and other organizations. They use a variety of sources in their work, including government and institutional records, newspapers, photographs, interviews, films, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries, letters, and other primary documents. They also may process, catalog, and archive these documents and artifacts.

Many historians present and interpret history in order to inform or build upon public knowledge of past events. They often trace and build a historical profile of a particular person, area, idea, organization, or event. Once their research is complete, they present their findings through articles, books, reports, exhibits, websites, and educational programs.

In government, some historians conduct research to provide historical context for current policy issues. For example, they may research the history of Social Security as background for a new bill or upcoming funding debate. Many write about the history of a particular government agency, activity, or program, such as a military operation or the space program.

In historical associations, historians preserve artifacts and explain the historical significance of a wide variety of subjects, such as historic buildings, religious groups, and battlegrounds.

Historians who work for businesses may examine historical evidence for legal cases and regulatory matters.

Many people with an educational background in history become high school teachers or postsecondary teachers.

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how to become a Historian

Although most historian positions require a master’s degree, some research positions require a doctoral degree. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree may qualify for some entry-level positions, but most will not be traditional historian jobs.

Education

Historians need a master’s degree or Ph.D. for most positions. Many historians have a master’s degree in history or public history. Others complete degrees in related fields, such as museum studies, historical preservation, or archival management.

In addition to coursework, most master’s programs in public history and similar fields require an internship as part of the curriculum. Internships offer an opportunity for students to learn practical skills, such as handling and preserving artifacts and creating exhibits. They also give students an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a hands-on setting.

Research positions within the federal government and positions in academia typically require a Ph.D. Students in history Ph.D. programs usually concentrate in a specific area of history. Possible specializations include a particular country or region, period, or field, such as social, political, or cultural history.

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in history may qualify for entry-level positions at museums, historical associations, or other small organizations. However, most bachelor’s degree holders usually work outside of traditional historian jobs—for example, jobs in education, communications, law, business, publishing, or journalism.

Many people with an educational background in history become high school teachers or postsecondary teachers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Historians must be able to examine various types of historical resources and draw logical conclusions based on their findings.

Communication skills. Historians must communicate effectively when collaborating with colleagues and when presenting their research to the public.

Problem-solving skills. Historians try to answer questions about the past. They may investigate something unknown about a past idea, event, or person; decipher historical information; or identify how the past has affected the present.

Research skills. Historians must be able to examine and process information from a large number of historical resources, including documents, images, and material artifacts.

Writing skills. Writing skills are essential for historians as they often present their findings in reports, articles, and books.

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Real Historian Salaries

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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Historians Middle East Forum Philadelphia, PA Sep 11, 2012 $100,000
OLD Restoration and Design Historian Sanford Kendall, Old House Restoration Nantucket, MA Oct 01, 2011 $80,000
OLD Restoration and Design Historian Sanford Kendall Nantucket, MA Oct 01, 2011 $80,000
Historians The Foundation for A Christian Civilization McLean, VA Aug 25, 2010 $64,501
Textile Historian The Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, MI May 10, 2011 $60,625
Historians Columbia University New York, NY Jan 25, 2010 $55,000
Historian National Institute for Newman Studies Pittsburgh, PA Sep 24, 2015 $50,088
Historian/Archivist Disciples of Christ Historical Society Bethany, WV Jul 15, 2016 $47,200
Historian The Foundation for A Christian Civilization McLean, VA Jan 15, 2010 $44,158
Historian Historic House Trust of New York City New York, NY Nov 15, 2016 $39,549

Top Skills for a Historian

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Top Historian Skills

Chapter Website, Microsoft Powerpoint, Monthly Newsletters, Executive Board Meetings, Chapter Events, Cultural Resource, Eligibility, Habs, Club Events, Archival Research, Social Events, Historical Research, Facebook, Weekly Meetings, Fraternity Events, Adobe Photoshop, Chapter History, Architectural History, Historic Resources, Alumni Relations

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