Historians study historical events and conduct research into the nature of these events. They write academic reports publishing their findings and muse on the implications of history for their future. Often, historians will be involved in teaching or education.

Duties and tasks

  • At times, may work as expert consultants for museums, historical fairs, etc
  • Cobbling together disparate sources to formulate a coherent narrative of past events
  • Listening to recordings and transcripts from primary sources
  • Often teach classes on history at the school, college, or university level
  • Working with historical resources like newspapers, journals, archives, etc, to assemble a picture of any given historical event
  • Writing scholarly articles for publish in academic journals and presenting findings at conferences

Skills required

  • Ability to synthesize and understand the implications of new information
  • Finely tuned oral and written communications skills
  • Public speaking ability
  • Superb reading comprehension
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking

Working conditions

Historians are often found in academics, such as in schools or colleges. However, they can also be employed by museums, historical centres, governments, or newspapers, magazines, and television stations.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations (ACPHA) 

The Professional Historians Association (NSW) 

The Professional Historians Association (Queensland) 

The Professional Historians Association (SA) Inc 

The Professional Historians Association (Victoria) 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Archaeologist
  • Art Historian
  • Cultural Heritage Officer
  • Economic Historian
  • Geographical Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Research Officer

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