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Film Historian Job Description

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A film historian has a fortunate job. She gets to watch films regularly, write scholarly research about the history of film, and work in film archives for the preservation of the art form. Most film historians have Ph.D.'s and work in academia.


Historians look at the documentary evidence of the past, analyze it and interpret it, according to the My Plan website. In particular, a film historian studies the past as it relates to the history of films. Additionally, they most often teach at a university, work with film archives and write scholarly papers about the history of film and its effects on society.


The work environment for the film historian, like most historians, is very pleasant, according to the State University website. They spend their time at universities -- in the classroom teaching and in the library researching. Film historians have the additional perk of watching and analyzing films for a living.


The job outlook for all historians is expected to grow slowly, according to the State University website.


According to the State University website, the average salary for a historian is $44,490.

Famous Ties

While most film historians work at universities, some famous filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, have also done a significant amount of work in film history and education, according to Edutopia.Org.


Buffy Naillon has worked in the media industry since 1999, contributing to Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine and various websites. She received a bachelor's degree in German from Boise State University. Naillon also attended New York University and participated in the foreign exchange program at Germany's Saarland University. She is completing her master's degree in educational technology at Boise State.

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