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Historians - 19-3093.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • County Historian
  • County Records Management Officer (County RMO)
  • Historian
  • Historic Interpreter
  • Historic Sites Registrar
  • Historical Interpreter
  • Research Associate
  • Researcher

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise or consult with individuals and institutions regarding issues such as the historical authenticity of materials or the customs of a specific historical period.
  • Collect detailed information on individuals for use in biographies.
  • Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.
  • Conduct historical research, and publish or present findings and theories.
  • Conserve and preserve manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
  • Coordinate activities of workers engaged in cataloging and filing materials.
  • Determine which topics to research, or pursue research topics specified by clients or employers.
  • Edit historical society publications.
  • Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as from books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
  • Interview people to gather information about historical events and to record oral histories.
  • Organize data, and analyze and interpret its authenticity and relative significance.
  • Organize information for publication and for other means of dissemination, such as via storage media or the Internet.
  • Prepare publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others, to ensure their historical accuracy.
  • Present historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
  • Recommend actions related to historical art, such as which items to add to a collection or which items to display in an exhibit.
  • Research and prepare manuscripts in support of public programming and the development of exhibits at historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives.
  • Research the history of a particular country or region, or of a specific time period.
  • Speak to various groups, organizations, and clubs to promote the aims and activities of historical societies.
  • Teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, museums, and other research agencies and schools.
  • Trace historical development in a particular field, such as social, cultural, political, or diplomatic history.
  • Translate or request translation of reference materials.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect archival data.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Conduct historical research.
  • Instruct college students in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
  • Prepare materials for preservation, storage, or display.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Historian (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historian (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Historian (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Historian Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historical Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Historical Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • HISTORIAN (Military Only)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Director, Research
  • Director, State-Historical Society
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • Historian, Dramatic Arts