risk level
Based on 297 votes
by year 2032
or $31.03 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

29% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

User poll

29% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 29% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Historians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Historians' job openings is expected to rise 4.5% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Historians' was $64,540, or $31 per hour

'Historians' were paid 39.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 3,120 people employed as 'Historians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 47 thousand people are employed as 'Historians'.

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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.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: 19-3093.00


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Oppressed Humanities Grad Student says
I'm a terminal PhD student and I hate this job. I hope we get replaced by the machines in near future, including my advisor. A robot would treat his PhD students better.
Sep 03, 2023 at 08:49 PM
Jonathan Fletcher says
History is best taught through human because if it was a bot there would be a lot of errors lets say you miss type a letter or something the bot would fail while a human can correct. History is something that should be taught by thing its about Humans.
Apr 27, 2021 at 02:53 PM
Faisal Ali Al Zahrani says
Alright now, my first question will be Historians and the philosophy of Historians, Historian go out travel the world robot will pause "error" historians go out like archaeologists dig find travel or maybe work in museums. Yet I can't see a human like machine do this task, and how will it even be able to do this task not just the information but the work the Job like going out to the field digging mapping, "archaeological discoveries" this is how historians are paid for doing field work not just inquiring content knowledge. So historians especially archaeologists will remain safe for work. If Robotics and A.I can inquire the content knowledge that's "absolutely fine" BUT! are they able to go out in the field and execute field work? NO they can't.
So it's not only the content knowledge of a subject matter but the ability to understand and attempt field work, including standing up research based work, discovering, and even other stuff that all includes these types abilities.
Feb 26, 2021 at 01:38 PM
Kate the Tet (Low) says
History will be too complicated for robots, as for me. Because this science include psychology, sociology, politics that can't be understanding for machines. Besides, history is not math.
Dec 22, 2020 at 09:49 AM
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
rachel says
very very true. Robots won't be able to understand the human chaos, mistakes, and beauty of history
Jan 25, 2021 at 07:13 PM
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
Hunchopreneur says
I don't think so really. Check out OpenAi's GPT 3. I think if the rural network is fed with more neuro links and data it will do well than humans. I watched a video where it had a conversation wherein it, the AI assumed itself to be Albert Einstein and the discussion was pretty astonishing. AI is minimized by a lot of people, it's powers are more than what we can ever imagine
Dec 02, 2020 at 08:26 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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