Historians study and write about events people ideas and institutions from the past relying chiefly on written records or items such as pictures photographs tax and census records and old maps and newspapers. Some but not all historians actually visit historical sites as a way to learn more about past events. Most historians specialize in a particular time period or a particular city country or region of the world. According to the website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com historians with bachelor’s degrees may find employment doing historical research but job opportunities and chances for advancement are limited and many go on to further study or work in other fields such as journalism or business. Those with a master’s degree in history can get jobs as teachers researchers or archivists. Many continue to study for a doctoral degree which is usually required for positions at colleges and universities where about 70 percent of historians are employed. Those in academic settings teach conduct research and write although some take on administrative duties. Historians with advanced degrees also work as archivists collecting historical objects and documents for museums libraries and historical societies and in some cases preparing exhibits. Historians can work for government agencies in some cases giving advice on preserving historic building structures. Historians may also work for publishing companies editing history textbooks or magazines or they may serve as consultants for producers of television shows or films with a historical perspective. The median annual salary for historians is approximately $45000. However the website www.wisegeek.com says that job prospects for historians are relatively limited.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $45000
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $40000
Tasks: Conducts historical research.
Lectures to groups or students about historical events.
Studies the past.
Analyzes historical records.
Also Called: History Professor
Historical Researcher
Historical Philosopher
History Expert
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/403/Historian.html