Historic Preservationist

What Does A Historic Preservationist Do?

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

How Do I Become A Historic Preservationist?

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.

What is the Average Salary For A Historic Preservationist?

High – 64,000
Median – 48,000
Low – 31,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Historic Preservationist?

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

What Is The Work Environment For A Historic Preservationist?

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

What Is The Future Outlook For A Historic Preservationist?

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


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
  • Payscale

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Historic Preservationist?