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5 Cool Careers for History Buffs

5 Cool Careers for History Buffs
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This summer marks the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation from office after the Watergate scandal. With history on everyone's minds, you might be wishing your job had a historical twist on it, too.

History buffs often feel limited to jobs like teaching, researching and working in an archive, but those careers aren't appealing to everyone. If you have a passion for the past but would prefer to take a more unique career path, one of these five jobs might be right for you.


One of the most interesting things about studying history is learning how people lived in different eras and how they are connected with people today. Working as a genealogist would allow you to use your love of history and your research skills to do just that. Genealogists work with individuals or families to trace their backgrounds and research their ancestors, using documents like birth and marriage certificates, court records, obituaries and more. And every case is exciting because you never know what you'll find — your next client could be related to a past celebrity or important historical figure.

Museum technician

Fascinated by fossils? Museum technicians are the people behind the displays you see in museums. They work with fossils and skeletons, art, books and other artifacts, and prepare them for research and exhibits (or proper storage, when a collection is no longer on display.) This is a great job for people who love museums but want a more hands-on approach to working with history. [9 Strange Businesses You Didn't Know Existed ]

Living historian

Speaking of hands-on history jobs, if you're the type of person whose life revolves around their job, you might want to consider working as a living historian. Living historians work at museums, fairs and historic sites; dress in period-specific clothing; and perform activities as people from that period typically would. Living historians are different from historical re-enactors, however. While re-enactors recreate specific historical events like the Civil War, living historians portray the day-to-day life and activities of their chosen period in history and educate visitors while they do so.

Underwater archaeologist

Underwater archaeologists study and examine shipwrecks, sunken aircrafts, historical remains and artifacts found underwater and once-inhabited areas that have since become submerged due to natural disasters. Depending on where your interests lie, you can be involved in anything from locating wrecks and historical sites to deep-sea excavation and artifact recovery, restoration and conservation. 


If your head says "history" but your heart says "theater," then a career as a dramaturge could be the perfect way to combine your skills and interests.  Dramaturges work with playwrights and theater companies to research and adapt plays and ensure that they are culturally and historically correct and relevant. This is a great job for history buffs who want to contribute to the art world as well.   

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Brittney Morgan

Brittney Q. Morgan is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor, as well as a graduate of Drew University, where she majored in History. Her work can be found all across the web at Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, and more. You can also find her on Twitter at @brittneyplz.