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Historians conduct research based on historical data on people, places, ideas, organizations, or events for the benefit of individuals, businesses, or public and private institutions. They work in places like museums, archives, research organizations, and universities. They also provide advice on historical topics and engage with the public through educational programs. They study the past to understand the present and to make sound decisions based on the data at hand.

To become a historian, one must have a degree in history and obtain a master?s degree. Most historians only hold a master?s degree, but some research positions require a Ph.D. Historians may have specializations including those of a country, religion, period, or field such as social, political, and cultural history.

Being a historian is like being a detective. Asking questions and following leads?it is childhood fantasy coming to life. As historians do research, they often travel to different countries and learn a lot of things including languages. However, historians often deal with the stress associated with research work including data gathering, analysis, and writing.

The most obvious qualities of a good historian are writing and research skills. As historians study occurrences from the past, they must learn to identify which information to process and how to process them. A good historian also has analytical skills when translating findings, problem-solving skills when investigating information from the past, and communication skills when collaborating with colleagues and in the presentation of research. If you have always loved to know the narrative behind things and are curious enough to do the work to unearth those, then this career might be right for you!


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