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ACADEMIC, HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY: Turn The Things You Like Into A Career

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Yaron is a PhD candidate studying environmental history and historical geography. His current research centers on the environmental history of Israel and Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century. His typical day involves looking at maps, photos, and documents at the library, as well as teaching. He tells us that turning the things you like into a career is a great challenge to take on.

Degree: Geography - History
Job Title: Environmental & Geographical History Ph.D. Student
Employer: Tel Aviv University

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Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources.

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Additional Info

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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$25,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Remote, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented

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m='13010'>beginning</span> <span m='13370'>of</span> <span m='13490'>the</span> <span m='13660'>20th</span> <span m='14270'>century.</span> </p><p><span m='15010'>I</span> <span m='15130'>also</span> <span m='15340'>teach at</span> <span m='15620'>a</span> <span m='15900'>university,</span> <span m='16570'>and</span> <span m='16650'>I</span> <span m='16770'>also</span> <span m='17640'>do</span> <span m='17740'>my</span> <span m='17870'>own</span> <span m='18060'>research.</span> <span m='18550'>And</span> <span m='18640'>I</span> <span m='18720'>try</span> <span m='18890'>to</span> <span m='18990'>combine</span> <span m='19490'>everything</span> <span m='20410'>together.</span> <span m='21270'>So</span> <span m='21490'>when</span> <span m='21670'>I</span> <span m='22110'>do</span> <span m='22200'>my</span> <span m='22340'>own</span> <span m='22510'>research,</span> <span m='22970'>I</span> <span m='23020'>go</span> <span m='23180'>to</span> <span m='23300'>libraries,</span> <span m='24160'>look</span> <span m='24480'>at</span> <span m='24930'>maps,</span> <span m='25450'>aerial</span> <span m='25760'>photos,</span> <span m='26280'>documents,</span> <span m='26860'>go</span> <span m='26970'>to</span> <span m='27120'>archives</span> <span m='27720'>and</span> <span m='27960'>try</span> <span m='28180'>to</span> <span m='29180'>write</span> <span m='29500'>it</span> <span m='29660'>all</span> <span m='29900'>together</span> <span m='30310'>into</span> <span m='30550'>one</span> <span m='30880'>paper.</span> <span m='31700'>And</span> <span m='31890'>that's</span> <span m='32100'>not</span> <span m='32270'>that</span> <span m='32439'>easy.</span> <span m='32930'>And</span> <span m='33300'>when I'm</span> <span m='33660'>pitching,</span> <span m='34140'>I</span> <span m='34470'>am</span> <span m='34830'>with</span> <span m='34920'>the</span> <span m='35000'>students.</span> <span m='35690'>I</span> <span m='36150'>prepare</span> <span m='36470'>the</span> <span m='37070'>lessons.</span> <span m='38060'>And</span> <span m='38330'>I</span> <span m='38950'>meet</span> <span m='39270'>the</span> <span m='39470'>students</span> <span m='39740'>again</span> <span m='40080'>after</span> <span m='40320'>the</span> <span m='40440'>class.</span> </p><p><span m='41860'>Maybe</span> <span m='42220'>I</span> <span m='42490'>was</span> <span m='43140'>in</span> <span m='43340'>history</span> <span m='44310'>and</span> <span m='44690'>geography.</span> <span m='45600'>Two</span> <span m='45840'>departments.</span> <span m='46780'>And</span> <span m='46960'>then,</span> <span m='47110'>I</span> <span m='47190'>decided</span> <span m='47860'>that</span> <span m='48220'>what</span> <span m='48430'>I</span> <span m='48490'>liked</span> <span m='48710'>to</span> <span m='48800'>do</span> <span m='48930'>is</span> <span m='49130'>the</span> <span m='49260'>combination</span> <span m='49750'>of</span> <span m='49850'>the</span> <span m='49970'>two.</span> <span 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m='62880'>didn't</span> <span m='63420'>really</span> <span m='64030'>participate</span> <span m='64680'>in</span> <span m='65069'>the</span> <span m='65560'>classes</span> <span m='66110'>properly.</span> <span m='66950'>But</span> <span m='67330'>still,</span> <span m='67750'>I'm</span> <span m='67910'>in</span> <span m='68050'>university</span> <span m='68630'>teaching.</span> <span m='69440'>And</span> <span m='69580'>hopefully,</span> <span m='70010'>I'll</span> <span m='70180'>be</span> <span m='70390'>a</span> <span m='70780'>doctor</span> <span m='70880'>soon.</span> <span m='72400'>And</span> <span m='72775'>in</span> <span m='73150'>a way,</span> <span m='73550'>try</span> <span m='73760'>to</span> <span m='74000'>use</span> <span m='74250'>the</span> <span m='74970'>things</span> <span m='75270'>that</span> <span m='75440'>I</span> <span m='75500'>like</span> <span m='76640'>and</span> <span m='76910'>turn</span> <span m='77080'>them</span> <span m='77280'>into</span> <span 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