Career Details

Historic Preservationist

Career Overview

The historic preservationist featured in the video, Ross, manages a community of historic buildings including issues related to their preservation.


A master’s degree in historic preservation, architecture, history, archaeology, or a related field is required to obtain this position. A doctorate may make a person more competitive during the job search, and it may be required in some organizations. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor's degree. Earning a doctorate may require an additional two-three years of college work.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$31,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Trade-related courses
  • History
  • Government
Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

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Work Environment

Historic preservationists typically work for historical sites that are likely owned by the governement.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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