Historian Pouherenga Kōrero o-Mua

Historians research, write and present information about events and people of the past and present. They may also teach history.

Historians may do some or all of the following:

  • research topics they choose, or topics their clients have requested
  • gather information from sources such as books and articles, fieldwork and interviews
  • organise, analyse and interpret information
  • prepare reports, webpages and books, or speak to the media about historical topics
  • teach history
  • help prepare museum displays and websites
  • help identify, protect and research historic places
  • advise government departments or Treaty of Waitangi claimants.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for historians includes:

  • research, library, or archive work
  • practical experience of Māori culture and language
  • volunteer work at a museum, art gallery or historical society.

Tutoring experience is also useful for academic or teaching positions.

Personal Qualities

Historians need to be:

  • accurate, enquiring, patient and persistent
  • able to keep information private
  • able to make good judgements
  • open-minded, with an understanding of a range of cultures
  • skilled written and spoken communicators
  • good at planning and organising.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for historians includes:

  • research, library, or archive work
  • practical experience of Māori culture and language
  • volunteer work at a museum, art gallery or historical society.

Tutoring experience is also useful for academic or teaching positions.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, te reo Māori and other languages, history, classics, art history, social studies and geography. 

Related Courses

Historians can earn around $40-$120K per year per year.

Historians who work for government agencies may progress to senior historian roles or move into management.

Historians who work for universities may progress to more senior academic roles such as senior lecturer, associate professor and professor.

They can also specialise as an art historian.

Art Historian
Art historians study and write about works of art.They may also deliver lectures on art history, advise on art, look after historical and contemporary art collections, and research and present exhibitions.

 

Historian