How to become a historian

Delve into the past to research and share your findings on historical events that have contributed to our world today.

Pathways to this career

  1. Become a historian by completing an arts degree, majoring in history. Seeking professional recognition upon graduation? Consider pursuing an honours year.
  2. If you've already begun your journey into antiquity, consider a postgraduate degree in history to explore a specific topic or field in more detail.
  3. Seek out placements and internships. Contact museums, heritage associations and government institutions, and gain unrivalled experience.
  4. Research any industry associations to stay-up-to date with the latest in your chosen field of expertise.

What does a historian do?

Duties and tasks

  • Cobble together disparate sources to formulate a coherent narrative of past events.
  • Listen to recordings and transcripts from primary sources.
  • Teach classes on history at the school, college, or university level.
  • Work as expert consultants for museums and historical fairs.
  • Work with historical resources like newspapers, journals and archives to assemble a picture of any given historical event.
  • Write scholarly articles for publish in academic journals and present findings at conferences.

Industry bodies

Related jobs

  • Archaeologist
  • Art historian
  • Cultural heritage officer
  • Economic historian
  • Geographical historian
  • Museum curator
  • Research officer

Discover related degrees

Undergraduate TAS-FAM-DIP

Diploma of Family History

Postgraduate MAQ-HIS-GCE

Graduate Certificate of Ancient History

Postgraduate MAQ-HIS-MAS

Master of Ancient History

Undergraduate GRF-ART-DEG

Bachelor of Arts

Available majors

  • Major in Art History
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Criminal Justice
  • Major in History
  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Literature
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Screen and Media Studies
  • Major in Sociology

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