Many professional preservation positions require a master's degree, and the certificate program will help you be a more qualified job candidate in the field.
Positions include working for:
- non-profit organizations
- for-profit cultural resource management firms with preservation-related missions
- local, county, and state governments, especially in planning
- and the federal government.
The demand for professional preservationists has expanded as preservation increasingly plays a more important contributing role to larger community economic development and revitalization efforts. The emphasis on computer skills such as GIS and AutoCAD within the Master's program has proven an important credential for securing employment, helping to ensure that UD graduates interact technically and form effective teams with other professionals such as planners.
The Federal government requires preservationist certification to be eligible to work on direct federally-funded preservation projects. A Master's degree in historic preservation is the preferred degree leading to certification.
Employment advertisements for professional preservationists are found in the National Trust for Historic Preservation magazine Preservation and on the web site PreserveNet, maintained by NCPE.