Occupation Info

Historic Site Administrator

Overview: These administrators plan and oversee the activities associated with operating a public historic site such as a battleground, warship, early settlers' village, old historical buildings, etc. They decide upon touring plans, budgets, maintenance and visitors' schedules.
Duties: They decide upon the touring plan that visitors will follow, what points of interests should be described by the guides, what hours the site can be visited and what fees are to be charged.

Study and analyze all available documents, books and artifacts that give explanations about the history of the site. They plan for authorings, artwork and photos for brochures to the public.

They conduct classes for tour guides to teach them the most effective method to conduct the tours. Advise guides what kinds of questions visitors will ask & what languages will be required.

They inspect premises for deterioration and decide upon a maintenance plan and budget the funds available to preserve the site. They decide whether additional funds will be needed.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of historic site administrator is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to increasing public interest in history and preserving historic sites.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's or master's degree in history or archival science is the usual educational preparation required for this occupation. A master's degree will improve your chances for promotion to senior positions. Entry research positions are often filled by those holding a bachelor's degree in order to gain "hands-on" experience while working for their advanced degrees.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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