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About the Job

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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

It is also Called

  • Supervisory Historian
  • State Historical Society Director
  • Researcher
  • Research Director
  • Research Associate
  • Reference Data Expert
  • Protohistorian
  • Programs Director
  • Music Historian
  • Medical Historian
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What They Do

  • Teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, museums, and other research agencies and schools.
  • Translate or request translation of reference materials.
  • Coordinate activities of workers engaged in cataloging and filing materials.
  • Edit historical society publications.
  • Collect detailed information on individuals for use in biographies.
  • Interview people to gather information about historical events and to record oral histories.
  • Organize information for publication and for other means of dissemination, such as use in CD-ROMs or Internet sites.
  • Trace historical development in a particular field, such as social, cultural, political, or diplomatic history.
  • Prepare publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others, to ensure their historical accuracy.
  • Advise or consult with individuals and institutions regarding issues such as the historical authenticity of materials or the customs of a specific historical period.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $58,640 with most people making between $31,380 and $82,950

Outlook

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During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 110 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 100 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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