Historians

Also called: Historian, Historic Sites Registrar, Research Associate, Researcher,



What they do:
Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
On the job, you would:
  • Conserve and preserve manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
  • Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as from books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
  • Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • history and archeology
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • geography

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Gutenberg-e
  • Structured query language SQL
Information retrieval or search software
  • Archival databases
  • Smithsonian Institution digital archives
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Web Scrapbook

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)

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usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$63,680
$29,760
$114,810

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What they do:
Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

On the job, you would:
  • Conserve and preserve manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
  • Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as from books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
  • Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.

KNOWLEDGE

Arts and Humanities
  • history and archeology
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • geography

SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

ABILITIES

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Gutenberg-e
  • Structured query language SQL
Information retrieval or search software
  • Archival databases
  • Smithsonian Institution digital archives
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Web Scrapbook

EDUCATION

Education: (rated 5 of 5)

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usually needed

JOB OUTLOOK

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$63,680
$29,760
$114,810

EXPLORE MORE