Historians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Historians research and document the past, focusing on military conflicts and their effects. Historians in the Military may teach, write books, serve in military history detachments, or act as advisors. They research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in a myriad of sources.

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Work Environment

Historians work in research or academic facilities. They may work outdoors while conducting field work on land or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

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Salary

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 23%
  • Bachelor's degree 20%
  • Some college 17%
  • Post-secondary certificate 15%
  • High school 9%
  • Less than high school 8%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Historians may have a degree in history or education. Job training for historians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various environments, and through receiving advanced civilian/industry certifications and licenses (credentials), which may require additional education, training, or experience. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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Knowledge

  • History and Archeology
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • Clerical
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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