Careers in Preservation

Opportunities for a career in the historic preservation field incorporate a broad range of expertise, skills, and technologies. Preservation professionals represent and work in a variety of disciplines including architecture, archeology, public history, community planning, nonprofit management, economic development, museum services, fundraising and development, and cultural resources management.  

Those interested in entering the field or expanding their existing skill set will also find an exciting array of historic preservation programs and certifications at many colleges and universities to help prepare them for a career in preservation. Higher education programs can help students match their specific interests with different aspects of preservation work, including hands-on preservation and conservation techniques, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other technology-based skills, sustainable building and practice, or community-based economic development.

In practice, historic preservation identifies, evaluates, protects, and interprets historic buildings, sites, objects, and landscapes. Professionals in preservation work at all levels of government, private firms and organizations, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions.

You can find more information about preservation career opportunities on the Professions in Preservation section of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's website.