How does one become a professional historian?

I’m aware there’s a great deal of education needed to get there, a degree, maybe a masters and/or a PhD etc... But aside from the educational prerequisites exactly how do you become a professional historian? I should note I'm currently working on my degree with a view to continue onto a masters and then PhD. I'm simply trying to work out what would be the best route to become a professional historian.

Asked By: Althaea - 7/15/2008
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Cathorio is right. What you need is to become affiliated with a particular institution (which, if you're already doing a degree, I presume you are... More
Answered By: DaveyMcB - 7/17/2008
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get a job as a professor or write books.
Answered By: leonard s - 7/15/2008
You need to do your degree and work in a museum, university, school, archeological sites, conservation, historic sites etc.
Answered By: Paul S - 7/15/2008
You will need to buy yourself a Tweed jacket with leather elbow patches.
Answered By: sailor - 7/15/2008
Thats pretty much it, when your doin a PhD your going to write a thesis so yeah your on your way to be one! Good Luck!
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Answered By: SρаяќІэ - 7/15/2008
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Answered By: CATHORIO - 7/15/2008
You become known in your field by publishing scholarly articles and presenting papers at academic conferences; you delve into primary sources and try to find new angles and undiscovered facts; then you write a book and get it published. Then you write more books and go on lecture tours. Meanwhile, you should probably... More
Answered By: aida - 7/15/2008
The question is "Did Herodotus have a PhD?" You don't have to have a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD to be a historian, or a professional historian. If you think you need credentials, then go for it, but I don't have credentials beyond a Bachelors in history and I am published with original research.
Answered By: Bill P - 7/16/2008
apply to work for TV its one way
Answered By: nutterorsaintuchoose - 7/16/2008
i have no idea
Answered By: lucibuci - 7/16/2008
thats what i wanna be to
Answered By: Anna - 7/17/2008
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