|Quick Facts: Historians|
$63,940 per year
$30.74 per hour
|5% (Slower than average)|
Historians research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources.
Historians must travel to carry out research. Most work full time.
Historians typically need at least a master’s degree to enter the occupation. Those with a bachelor’s degree in history may qualify for some entry-level positions, but most will find jobs in different fields.
The median annual wage for historians was $63,940 in May 2021.
Employment of historians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 300 openings for historians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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