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8. Historian

Average Salary: $63,208
Scored High On: Hiring Outlook, Work Environment, Salary

It used to be that the best job prospects for historians were in the classroom, and the pay was low. But, thanks to a boom in hiring of historians by the government and private sector in the past few years, demand and salaries rose.

There’s recognition of what historians can do outside the classroom,” Lee said. The government, for example, hired of dozens of historians to research artifacts lost by Jews in Europe during World War II and several manufacturing companies hired historians to help them learn from their mistakes, he said.