Will "Historians" be replaced by AI & Robots?

Based on the 2013 study it's unclear if this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, workers can take comfort in the results from our poll, which only shows a 29% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

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or 44% probability of automation

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by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $30.61 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 287 out of 707

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Job description

Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

SOC Code: 19-3093

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Nilay Kanakia (No chance) says
This job is highly subjective
Aug 29, 2020 at 10:29 AM
William (No chance) says
Though history, like any academic subject, can hypothetically be taught by software, unlike math it requires a human element. You can teach students the information, but you can't make them care or help them draw connections. You can't guide them down a pathway of critical thinking, at least not consistently, with learning software. Not only that, but also it is highly unlikely, unless true artificial intelligence is possible, that robots can synthesize new information and form different opinions on the subject matter. They can't account for bias without a level of input unless they're truly independently intelligent and capable of truly learning.
May 12, 2020 at 12:58 AM
Aidan (No chance) says
Historical texts and sources, as well as events, require human minds to interpret - an AI would be unable to analyze the nuances of human history
Apr 13, 2020 at 05:36 PM
Sarah (Highly likely) says
Soon, the way to learn history would have to be from a computer.
Jul 01, 2019 at 09:13 PM

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