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Becoming a historian is a professional skill. It means having training and experience in critically assessing the evidence and events of the past and placing them in context. Good research and communication skills are essential for this career.
Historians are social scientists who research, analyze, and interpret the past. They use many sources of information in their research, including government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, and unpublished manuscripts such as personal diaries and letters. Historians usually specialize in a country or region, a particular period, or a particular field, such as social, intellectual, cultural, political, or diplomatic history. Many communicate their research and findings through books, articles, or essays.
The majority of historians conduct some form of research and analysis for State and local government. Others help study and preserve archival materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers, and historic buildings and sites. So History is a very broad field that spans many regions, times, and cultures, and a single person could never hope to have a deep understanding of all of it. For this reason, most historians specialize in studying a particular time period, geographic region, person, or country.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing, as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logics and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work. Identifying the best people for the job.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
After Class XII graduation in Ancient, Medieval and Modern Indian History. Students of any streams can apply, but students from the humanities background are given more preference. Graduation in History can be followed by Post-Graduation in History and PhD for further studies. Eligibility depends on the type of the job that is being done. Normally for teaching jobs in history, schools require a B. Ed. degree and colleges need a doctorate. However, advanced degrees and also years of experience are required for special field jobs as archaeologists.
As with the rest of the workforce, historians work either as employees in an organisation, as contractors or as consultants. The first is a more secure existence, but opportunities for permanent employment have tightened in recent years. Territory teaching is still a significant, but diminishing field of employment for historians but opportunities also arise in government bodies, museums, archives, in heritage practice and elsewhere. Such positions are advertised in the press and other media. State and territory Professional Historians Associations also publicise employment opportunities for their members.
The money being earned in this field is also quite decent. The amount of the money being earned depends on the skill of the individual and, therefore, the feature of volatility is one of the most visible features of the pay packages that are being offered in the different jobs in this field. The entry level remuneration is quite decent and it goes on increasing in leaps and bounds as the individual becomes more and more experienced in the activities that he undertakes in his or her job.
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