CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Historians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Historians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters. Organize data, and analyze and interpret its authenticity and relative significance.
 
Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as collect data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
 
Trace historical development in a particular field, such as social, cultural, political, or diplomatic history.
 
Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.
 
Teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, museums, and other research agencies and schools.
 
Conduct historical research, and publish or present findings and theories.
 
Speak to various groups, organizations, and clubs in order to promote the aims and activities of historical societies.
 
Prepare publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others in order to ensure their historical accuracy.
 
Research the history of a particular country or region, or of a specific time period.
 
Present historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
 
Determine which topics to research, or pursue research topics specified by clients or employers.
 
Organize information for publication and for other means of dissemination, such as use in CD-ROMs or Internet sites.
 
Research and prepare manuscripts in support of public programming and the development of exhibits at historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives.
 
Advise or consult with individuals and institutions regarding issues such as the historical authenticity of materials or the customs of a specific historical period.
 
Translate or request translation of reference materials.
 
Collect detailed information on individuals for use in biographies.
 
Interview people in order to gather information about historical events, and to record oral histories.
 
Recommend actions related to historical art, such as which items to add to a collection or which items to display in an exhibit.
 
Coordinate activities of workers engaged in cataloging and filing materials.
 
Edit historical society publications.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Historians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Historians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Historians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Historians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Master's Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master's degree, but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Historians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Archivist
College Archivist
Curator
Dance Historian
Director of Education
Director of Historical Society
Director of Programs
Dramatic Arts Historian
Film Historian
Genealogist
Historian
Historic Sites Registrar
Historiographer
Medical Historian
Music Historian
Professor
Professor of History
Protohistorian
Research Associate
Research Director
Researcher
Special Collections Librarian
State Historical Society Director
University Archivist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Historians
 
 
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