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The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) reports that employment for historians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028. Historians who are employed by policy and research, historical consulting, and historic preservation firms, as well as at historical societies, will have the best employment opportunities in the next decade (as long as public funding remains strong). Job opportunities at federal agencies (which employ 22 percent of all historians) are expected to grow by only 0.4 percent through 2028. The OOH predicts that "those with practical skills or hands-on work experience in a specialized field such as collections, fund-raising, or exhibit design" and those with a master’s degree or Ph.D. will have more favorable prospects.

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