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

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Historical Officer

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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.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


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • management
  • administrative services


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • 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
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Information retrieval or search software
  • Archival databases
  • ArchiveGrid
Data base user interface and query software
  • Gutenberg-e
  • Reference management software
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Web Scrapbook


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
certificate after master's or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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