What Can You Do with a Historic Preservation Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Historic Preservation Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Historic Preservation Degree?

People who’ve majored in historic preservation have gone on to work for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, cities, museums, and private companies.

Examples of potential employers include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, architecture firms, engineering firms, the Public Archaeology Laboratory, and your State museum.

While there are many job opportunities in the many museums of the world, there are also job opportunities in urban development, community development, and the Main Street re-birthing movement. Many communities and organizations are trying to repair and restore historical areas and make them viable, and this creates opportunities for historic preservation graduates with good people skills.

For more information, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Careers you can get with a degree in historic preservation include:

  • Architectural Historian (may require advanced degree)
  • Archivist (may require advanced degree)
  • Assistant Preservation Planner
  • City Planner
  • Director of Historical and Cultural Affairs
  • Downtown Development Specialist / Main Street Development Specialist
  • Grant Writer
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Manager
  • Museum Curator (larger museums may require advanced degree)
  • Museum Director (larger museums may require advanced degree)
  • Museum Technician
  • Restoration Project Manager
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