How to become a Historian

Historians conduct research into past human activity, including the history of countries, organisations, periods of time, buildings, cultural heritage, particular events, people, and ideas or issues.

Personal requirements of a Historian

  • An inquiring mind
  • Interested in human behaviour, society and politics
  • Interested in the lessons of the past
  • A thorough approach to research and problem-solving
  • Good written communication skills

Education & Training for a Historian

To become an historian you usually have to study history at university, preferably at honours level. Most historians then undertake a masters or doctoral degree, where they conduct research and, in most instances, write a thesis in their chosen subject area. Subject areas are diverse and include ancient history, Asian history, women's history, Indigenous history, environmental history, economic history, medieval and Renaissance history, public history, applied history, modern history and the history of nations. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$702

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 24%

NT 4%

QLD 19.6%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2%

VIC 38.5%

WA 5.4%

Hours worked:

35.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 36%

Female 64%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 23.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 17.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 42.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 16.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 38%

Above 35 years: 58%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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