Historian at a Glance

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Best States for Historian

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
New York 470 $34,050 $16
Utah 80 $43,020 $21
Mississippi 80 $41,730 $20

Becoming a Historian

The majority of historian jobs require a master's degree in history or a related field such as museum studies, historical preservation, or archival management. As a first step toward entering a master's program, students may consider obtaining an online bachelor's degree in history. Some bachelor's and most master's degree programs require an internship or completed onsite work experience.

A history degree programs may focus on either United States or world history or cover both in its curriculum. Bachelor degree programs in history are designed to provide students the knowledge and skills they need to evaluate and organize historical data, documents, and other materials, and write at a professional level. Some typical classes in history degree programs include:

  • History of World Civilization
  • Major Figures in History
  • The Historian's Craft
  • Understanding U.S. History

Potential employers are likely to favor candidates with field experience or who have completed an internship. Internships can provide students with the experience of handling historical artifacts and producing exhibits. Volunteering at a local museum, historical society, or other nonprofit organization is another way of obtaining practical experience applicable toward a career as an historian.