The baseline qualities for a scholar or professional academic include intelligence, diligence, and devotion to a particular topic or discipline. Successful academics must also have the capacity to develop solid networking and time management skills, be able to work well with colleagues and be able to present research effectively.
Most professional scholars are expected to have several post-graduate degrees, and many scholars are barred from academic research or teaching positions until they have attained at least a doctorate. Because of these difficult schooling requirements that may require many years to complete, many academics share particular character traits such as perseverance, resiliency and determination. The ability to express oneself through writing, in the form of grant requests, research reports or academic essays, is another important skill to have in academia.