Architectural history is the study of buildings and their environmental heritage and falls, this major falls within the broad category of social sciences. The study of architectural history beginning with ancient times and progressing to contemporary life. Understanding such history is important for conservation, preservation, education and entertainment purposes.

Education Information

Those majoring in architectural history, building preservation or architectural studies can find opportunities in several occupations upon graduation. While a doctoral degree is often necessary for some occupations, like college-level teaching positions, undergraduate certificate programs are also offered in historic preservation that allow for a hands-on approach to real-world projects, such as restoring stained glass windows in a church.

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

Employment of historians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many organizations that employ historians, such as historical societies and historical consulting firms, depend on donations or public funding. Thus, employment growth from 2016 to 2026 will depend largely on the amount of funding available.

Historians may face very strong competition for most jobs. Because of the popularity of history degree programs, applicants are expected to outnumber positions available. Those with a master’s degree or Ph.D. should have the best job opportunities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for historians was $61,140 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,270, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $110,670.

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