How to Become an Historian

Historian Job Description

Historians are responsible for documenting, researching, analyzing and interpreting human history. They may specialize in various areas, such as the history of a particular country, region or groups of people. Historians may also specialize in the history of a certain aspect of the past, such as technological or political history. 



Historian Job Duties

  • Gather, study and analyze information from published sources, as well as original documents
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication, in support of public programming or to assist with the development of exhibits at historic sites and museums
  • May conduct historical research as a basis for the establishment, conservation and reconstruction of national parks and historic sites
  • May teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, museums or research agencies
  • May conduct historical research as as an expert witness in legal cases
  • May conduct historical research for television programs or films
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