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HISTORIAN/AUTHOR, IN-DEPTH: Making History Relevant To People

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Jen, a historian and author, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. Though it is hard to get a job as a historian, she mentions several ways that you could make money working with history, including teaching high school, working at a museum, and writing a blog.

Degree: History
Job Title: Historian/Author/Teacher

Job Summary: Historians

Job Description

Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources.

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Internships offer an opportunity for students to learn practical skills, such as handling and preserving artifacts and creating exhibits. They also allow students to apply their academic knowledge in a hands-on setting. Positions are often available at local museums, historical societies, government agencies, or nonprofit and other organizations.

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$25,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
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Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='11340'>and</span> <span m='11610'>learning</span> <span m='11880'>together.</span> <span m='13010'>That's</span> <span m='13230'>one</span> <span m='13390'>thing</span> <span m='13530'>that</span> <span m='13700'>I</span> <span m='13820'>love.</span> <span m='14490'>The</span> <span m='14600'>challenges</span> <span m='15200'>are</span> <span m='16610'>making</span> <span m='17130'>history</span> <span m='17550'>relevant</span> <span m='18220'>to</span> <span m='18820'>all</span> <span m='18990'>sorts</span> <span m='19220'>of</span> <span m='19280'>different</span> <span m='19500'>people,</span> <span m='19820'>including</span> <span m='20560'>young</span> <span m='20930'>people,</span> <span m='21200'>including</span> <span m='21810'>college</span> <span m='22110'>students,</span> <span m='22620'>but</span> <span m='22800'>including</span> <span m='23190'>also,</span> <span m='23400'>like,</span> <span m='23750'>your</span> <span m='23930'>uncle</span> <span m='24170'>Joe.</span> </p><p><span m='25750'>That's</span> <span m='26020'>hard</span> <span m='26260'>sometimes,</span> <span m='26720'>because</span> <span m='27240'>we</span> <span m='27440'>speak</span> <span m='27800'>in</span> <span m='27940'>jargon,</span> <span m='28900'>because</span> <span m='29110'>we are</span> <span m='29270'>oftentimes</span> <span m='29830'>talking</span> <span m='30130'>to</span> <span m='30250'>each</span> <span m='30400'>other.</span> <span m='30670'>And</span> <span m='31080'>so</span> <span m='31230'>it's</span> <span m='31330'>really</span> <span m='31730'>hard</span> <span m='32110'>to</span> <span m='32350'>remember</span> <span m='32750'>how</span> <span m='32850'>to</span> <span m='32980'>talk</span> <span m='33190'>to,</span> <span m='33300'>like,</span> <span m='33640'>regular</span> <span m='34070'>people,</span> <span m='34830'>basically.</span> <span m='36050'>It's</span> <span m='36510'>really</span> <span m='36710'>hard</span> <span m='36870'>to</span> <span m='36920'>get</span> <span m='37040'>a</span> <span m='37100'>job</span> <span m='37350'>in</span> <span m='37420'>this</span> <span m='37600'>field,</span> <span m='37910'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='38680'>but</span> <span m='39310'>I</span> <span m='39390'>think</span> <span m='39590'>if you</span> <span m='39800'>really</span> <span m='40530'>love</span> <span m='40780'>it,</span> <span m='41100'>and</span> <span m='41500'>like,</span> <span m='41900'>in</span> <span m='42010'>my</span> <span m='42120'>mind,</span> <span m='42580'>I</span> <span m='42620'>really</span> <span m='42890'>love</span> <span m='43090'>it.</span> <span m='43210'>And</span> <span m='43440'>so</span> <span m='44180'>it's</span> <span m='44350'>worth</span> <span m='44520'>the</span> <span m='44580'>risk</span> <span m='44850'>to</span> <span m='44950'>me</span> <span m='45300'>of</span> <span m='45800'>getting</span> <span m='45970'>a</span> <span m='46060'>job.</span> <span m='47380'>There</span> <span m='47720'>are</span> <span m='47810'>lots</span> <span m='48080'>of different</span> <span m='48290'>ways</span> <span m='48630'>to</span> <span m='48720'>being</span> <span m='49210'>a</span> <span m='49290'>historian.</span> </p><p><span m='49920'>You</span> <span m='50060'>can</span> <span m='50410'>teach</span> <span m='50610'>in high</span> <span m='50820'>school,</span> <span m='51220'>you can</span> <span m='51380'>work</span> <span m='51740'>in a</span> <span m='51830'>museum,</span> <span m='52550'>you</span> <span m='52720'>can</span> <span m='52910'>work</span> <span m='53390'>at</span> <span m='53520'>a</span> <span m='53580'>company.</span> <span m='54580'>You</span> <span m='54990'>could</span> <span m='55180'>write</span> <span m='55200'>your own</span> <span m='55420'>blog.</span> <span m='55810'>So</span> <span m='55930'>there</span> <span m='56040'>are</span> <span m='56070'>lots</span> <span m='56320'>of</span> <span m='56390'>different</span> <span m='56610'>ways</span> <span m='57020'>to</span> <span m='58440'>make</span> <span m='58640'>money</span> <span m='58940'>off</span> <span m='59120'>of</span> <span m='59240'>doing</span> <span m='59490'>history.</span> <span m='59845'>You</span> <span m='60200'>just</span> <span m='60540'>have</span> <span m='60660'>to</span> <span m='60780'>think</span> <span m='61400'>creatively,</span> <span m='62110'>basically.</span> <span m='63070'>My</span> <span m='63480'>work</span> <span m='63740'>life</span> <span m='63940'>balance is</span> <span m='64269'>something</span> <span m='64319'>I'm</span> <span m='64610'>still</span> <span m='64930'>figuring</span> <span m='65540'>out.</span> <span m='67260'>As</span> <span m='67550'>one</span> <span m='67820'>goes</span> <span m='68090'>through</span> <span m='68740'>life,</span> <span m='69230'>there are</span> <span m='69450'>different</span> <span m='69870'>things</span> <span m='70200'>that</span> <span m='70410'>happen.</span> <span m='70900'>So</span> <span m='71760'>getting</span> <span m='72010'>married,</span> <span m='72400'>having</span> <span m='72620'>kids,</span> <span m='73740'>having</span> <span m='74000'>the kids</span> <span m='74325'>leave</span> <span m='75280'>the</span> <span m='75390'>house.</span> </p><p><span m='76440'>There</span> <span m='76570'>are</span> <span m='76640'>all</span> <span m='76970'>sort of</span> <span m='77150'>challenges</span> <span m='77660'>that</span> <span m='77760'>come</span> <span m='78010'>out</span> <span m='78130'>of</span> <span m='78500'>that.</span> <span m='79420'>Like,</span> <span m='79710'>stuff</span> <span m='79920'>that</span> <span m='80030'>actually</span> <span m='80260'>happens</span> <span m='81200'>behind</span> <span m='81410'>the</span> <span m='81480'>scenes.</span> <span m='84520'>Honestly,</span> <span m='85140'>it's</span> <span m='85270'>about</span> <span m='85460'>taking</span> <span m='85720'>one</span> <span m='85890'>day</span> <span 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