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What is it like to be a Historian?

Historians have a passion for digging into raw historic documents to unearth information on topics, times, people and places of the past. They replicate and interpret historical events by dissecting written records, and piece together information to form historical narrative. Historians can work in settings such as museums, learning institutions, heritage councils and as advisers in the entertainment industry.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

What happened? Who was there? Why did it happen? As an historian you’ll have a fascination for the past and for discovering the unknown. You’ll also have:

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to interpret and hypothesize situations

To become a Historian

To be able to become a Historian, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation for the Bachelor of Arts (History) is currently being reaccredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes.


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