The Necessary Qualifications?
The qualifications you’ll need vary depending on the job. Although many employers prefer their applicants to have master’s degrees or even doctorates, others are satisfied with bachelor’s degrees. In some situations, the following qualifications are equally important: experience, extensive knowledge of a particular time period or region, the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, good writing skills, and research skills.
Salaries vary widely from position to position but are generally low, as are most pay scales for education-related fields. Factors such as the source of funding or the geographic region have more impact on salary levels than the complexity of the job or the level of the candidates’ education and experience.
Some jobs pay only hourly wages; others follow the federal government’s General Schedule (GS) pay scale. Most jobs provide benefits such as health insurance. But all the professional scholars showcased in the pages to come stress that financial rewards were not the main reason, or even a consideration, in pursuing their chosen professions. The low pay is far outweighed by the satisfaction of doing work they love.