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History Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: History Instructor, History Professor, Instructor, Professor

What they do:
Teach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as ancient history, postwar civilizations, and the history of third-world countries.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.


Arts and Humanities
  • history and archeology
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • geography
  • sociology and anthropology
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • teaching people how to do something
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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