On the Job
Historians research, analyze, and record things that happened in the past. They study government records, newspapers, photos, films, interviews, letters, and diaries to learn about earlier events.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Collect archival data.
- Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
- Conduct historical research.
- Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
- Instruct college students in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
- Prepare materials for preservation, storage, or display.
Typical Working Conditions
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
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