Historic Preservationist

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Written by Kaleigh Shuler

Overview: Historic preservationists analyze, inspect and preserve historic documents, buildings, artifacts and other objects with historical significance. This job focusses on protecting important forms of cultural heritage, and most often comes in the form of protecting built environments that enrich people’s lives within the urban landscape.

Geographers at work: Geographers are well prepared to work in the field of historic preservation whether they work with preserving historic documents such as maps or they work as a historic preservation planner for a major city. Geographers are able to apply geographic information about culture and cultural processes in a wide variety of contexts and can use this to aide the preservation process.

Skills: Geographic Information Science (GIS), knowledge of local and federal laws, cultural geography, urban planning.