Historians research the history of human activity and prepare accounts of findings.

Specialisations: Art Historian, Cultural Historian, Economic Historian, Geographical Historian.

You usually need a bachelor degree in history to work as a Historian. Many Historians complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Assembles historical data by consulting sources of information such as historical indexes and catalogues, archives, court records, diaries, newspaper files and other materials.
  • Organises, authenticates, evaluates and interprets historical, political, sociological, anthropological and linguistic data.
  • Undertakes historical and cultural research into human activity, and prepares and presents research findings.

All Social Professionals

  • $1,942 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Historians

  • 500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 53 years Average age
  • 63% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Historians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 530 in 2011 to 500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Historians work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (69%).
  • Gender: 63% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services28.3
Education and Training23.0
Arts and Recreation Services16.7
Public Administration and Safety14.8
Other Industries17.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHistoriansAll Jobs Average
NSW26.031.6
VIC28.625.6
QLD15.320.0
SA6.87.0
WA10.910.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.01.0
ACT9.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHistoriansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.4-9.39.3
25-3413.7-22.922.9
35-4415.9-22.022.0
45-5421.3-21.621.6
55-5912.1-9.09.0
60-6411.3-6.06.0
65 and Over24.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHistoriansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate62.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree23.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.3-21.121.1
Year 125.5-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in history to work as a Historian. Many Historians complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with Professional Historians Australia may be useful.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. History and archeology

    78% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  2. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Geography

    63% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. Clerical

    58% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3093.00 - Historians.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Freedom to make decisions

    91% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Telephone

    86% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    86% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3093.00 - Historians.

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