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ACADEMIC, GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORIAN, IN-DEPTH: Structuring Your Life Around Answering One Question

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Garrett, a history and geography graduate student, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and his work-life balance. As a graduate student, you structure your whole life around a central question that really interests you, which is exciting and daunting for Garrett.

Degree: Geography
Job Title: Geographical History Graduate Student

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Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources.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