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Historian Job Description

A historian is a person who studies, interprets and reports the past. Historians conduct historical research and analysis to find out information about the past and to educate the public on them.

A historian should be patient, enthusiastic, curious, observant, determined and methodical, and have the ability to think critically and solve problems. They should be able to communicate effectively to explain information to others in the simplest of ways.

What does a Historian do?

Historians may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Historian work?

Places of work for historians include:

Working Conditions

Historians usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends. They work in offices, classrooms, libraries, archives and at historical sites. They may travel for research or to attend seminars or conferences.

What is Required to Become a Historian?

To become a historian, you will need a master's or doctoral degree in history or a similar discipline.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Historians need to have:


Alternative Careers

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