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TITLE: Museum Research Workers
DEFINITION: Plan, organize, and conduct research in scientific, historical, cultural, or artistic fields to document or support exhibits in museums and museum publications.
1. Conducts research on historic monuments, buildings, and scenes to construct exhibits.
2. Develops plans for project or studies guidelines for project prepared by professional staff member to outline research procedures.
3. Plans schedule according to variety of methods to be used, availability and quantity of resources, and number of personnel assigned.
4. Conducts research, utilizing institution library, archives, and collections, and other sources of information, to collect, record, analyze, and evaluate facts.
5. Discusses findings with other personnel to evaluate validity of findings.
6. Prepares reports of completed projects for publication, for presentation to agency requesting project, or for use in other research activities.
7. Monitors construction of exhibits to ensure authenticity of proportion, color, and costumes.
Knowledge elements are ranked by importance.
75 English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar
Knowledge of numbers, their operations, and interrelationships including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
60 Administration and Management
Knowledge of principles and processes involved in business and organizational planning, coordination, and execution. This includes strategic planning, resource allocation, manpower modeling, leadership techniques, and production methods
50 Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of electric circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming
50 Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, cultures, their history, migrations, ethnicity, and origins
45 History and Archeology
Knowledge of past historical events and their causes, indicators, and impact on particular civilizations and cultures
40 Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods including alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media
35 Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, and practices, and their impact on human culture
Knowledge of human behavior and performance, mental processes, psychological research methods, and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing systems, filing and records management systems, stenography and transcription, forms design principles, and other office procedures and terminology
30 Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data
30 Fine Arts
Knowledge of theory and techniques required to produce, compose, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture
Knowledge of various methods for describing the location and distribution of land, sea, and air masses including their physical locations, relationships, and characteristics
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, and applications including air, water, material dynamics, light, atomic principles, heat, electric theory, earth formations, and meteorological and related natural phenomena
Knowledge of plant and animal living tissue, cells, organisms, and entities, including their functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems
Knowledge of the composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods
15 Education and Training
Knowledge of instructional methods and training techniques including curriculum design principles, learning theory, group and individual teaching techniques, design of individual development plans, and test design principles
10 Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of weaponry, public safety, and security operations, rules, regulations, precautions, prevention, and the protection of people, data, and property
10 Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation
10 Law, Government and Jurisprudence
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process
5 Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures
5 Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of information and techniques needed to rehabilitate physical and mental ailments and to provide career guidance including alternative treatments, rehabilitation equipment and its proper use, and methods to evaluate treatment effects
5 Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the appropriate tools to construct objects, structures, and buildings
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including their relative costs, advantages, and limitations
5 Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of policies and practices involved in personnel/human resource functions. This includes recruitment, selection, training, and promotion regulations and procedures; compensation and benefits packages; labor relations and negotiation strategies; and personnel information systems
Skills elements are ranked by importance.
90 Information Gathering
Knowing how to find information and identifying essential information
85 Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
Communicating effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience
75 Information Organization
Finding ways to structure or classify multiple pieces of information
65 Implementation Planning
Developing approaches for implementing an idea
65 Critical Thinking
Using logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches
60 Active Learning
Working with new material or information to grasp its implications
Using scientific methods to solve problems
60 Idea Evaluation
Evaluating the likely success of an idea in relation to the demands of the situation
Talking to others to effectively convey information
55 Idea Generation
Generating a number of different approaches to problems
55 Judgment and Decision Making
Weighing the relative costs and benefits of a potential action
55 Active Listening
Listening to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate
50 Solution Appraisal
Observing and evaluating the outcomes of a problem solution to identify lessons learned or redirect efforts
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
45 Identification of Key Causes
Identifying the things that must be changed to achieve a goal
Developing an image of how a system should work under ideal conditions
Using mathematics to solve problems
40 Problem Identification
Identifying the nature of problems
Assessing how well one is doing when learning or doing something
35 Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others
35 Systems Perception
Determining when important changes have occurred in a system or are likely to occur
35 Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job
35 Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job
35 Learning Strategies
Using multiple approaches when learning or teaching new things
35 Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design
Reorganizing information to get a better approach to problems or tasks
30 Identifying Downstream Consequences
Determining the long-term outcomes of a change in operations
30 Product Inspection
Inspecting and evaluating the quality of products
30 Systems Evaluation
Looking at many indicators of system performance, taking into account their accuracy
25 Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
25 Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures
25 Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react the way they do
Teaching others how to do something
Writing computer programs for various purposes
Persuading others to approach things differently
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences
Conducting tests to determine whether equipment, software, or procedures are operating as expected
5 Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs
5 Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems
5 Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed
5 Service Orientation
Actively looking for ways to help people .
Abilities elements are ranked by importance.
75 Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
75 Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
65 Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine separate pieces of information, or specific answers to problems, to form general rules or conclusions. It includes coming up with a logical explanation for why a series of seemingly unrelated events occur together.
65 Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
65 Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
60 Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so that it is understandable to a listener
60 Near Vision
The ability to see details of objects at a close range (within a few feet of the observer)
50 Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers. It involves deciding if an answer makes sense.
45 Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a given topic. It concerns the number of ideas produced and not the quality, correctness, or creativity of the ideas.
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
40 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.
40 Flexibility of Closure
The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged
40 Information Ordering
The ability to correctly follow a given rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order. The things or actions can include numbers, letters, words, pictures, procedures, sentences, and mathematical or logical operations.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures
35 Visual Color Discrimination
The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness
35 Selective Attention
The ability to concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task over a period of time
30 Category Flexibility
The ability to produce many rules so that each rule tells how to group (or combine) a set of things in a different way.
30 Perceptual Speed
The ability to quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object
30 Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person
25 Time Sharing
The ability to efficiently shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources)
25 Number Facility
The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly
25 Far Vision
The ability to see details at a distance
20 Speed of Closure
The ability to quickly make sense of information that seems to be without meaning or organization. It involves quickly combining and organizing different pieces of information into a meaningful pattern
20 Auditory Attention
The ability to focus on a single source of auditory (hearing) information in the presence of other distracting sounds
20 Spatial Orientation
The ability to know one's location in relation to the environment, or to know where other objects are in relation to one's self
20 Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting
15 Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions
15 Mathematical Reasoning
The ability to understand and organize a problem and then to select a mathematical method or formula to solve the problem
10 Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated
10 Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep the hand and arm steady while making an arm movement or while holding the arm and hand in one position
5 Trunk Strength
The ability to use one's abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing
5 Extent Flexibility
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs
Work activities elements are ranked by importance.
100 Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
90 Analyzing Data or Information
Identifying underlying principles, reasons, or facts by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
85 Documenting or Recording Information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in either written form or by electronic/magnetic recording.
80 Processing Information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, verifying, or processing information or data.
75 Updating and Using Job-Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and knowing one's own jobs' and related jobs' functions.
75 Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing
Developing plans to accomplish work, and prioritizing and organizing one's own work.
70 Interpreting Meaning of Information to Others
Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be understood or used to support responses or feedback to others.
70 Communicating With Other Workers
Providing information to supervisors, fellow workers, and subordinates. This information can be exchanged face-to-face, in writing, or via telephone/electronic transfer.
70 Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Combining, evaluating, and reasoning with information and data to make decisions and solve problems. These processes involve making decisions about the relative importance of information and choosing the best solution.
70 Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information received by making estimates or categorizations, recognizing differences or similarities, or sensing changes in circumstances or events.
65 Monitor Processes, Material, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, often to detect problems or to find out when things are finished.
60 Developing Objectives and Strategies
Establishing long range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve these objectives.
60 Judging Qualities of Things, Services, or People
Making judgments about or assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
60 Estimating Needed Characteristics
Estimating the Characteristics of Materials, Products, Events, or Information: Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities, or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
60 Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
Communicating with persons outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged face-to-face, in writing, or via telephone/electronic transfer.
55 Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Providing consultation and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-related, or process related topics.
50 Evaluating Information Against Standards
Evaluating information against a set of standards and verifying that it is correct.
50 Establishing and Maintaining Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
50 Implementing Ideas or Programs
Conducting or carrying out work procedures and activities in accord with one's own ideas or information provided through directions/instructions for purposes of installing, modifying, preparing, delivering, constructing, integrating, finishing, or completing programs, systems, structures, or products.
50 Scheduling Work and Activities
Scheduling events, programs, activities, as well as the work of others.
45 Performing Administrative Activities
Approving requests, handling paperwork, and performing day-to-day administrative tasks.
45 Interacting With Computers
Controlling computer functions by using programs, setting up functions, writing software, or otherwise communicating with computer systems.
45 Thinking Creatively
Originating, inventing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
40 Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting or diagnosing equipment, structures, or materials to identify the causes of errors or other problems or defects.
35 Coordinating Work and Activities of Others
Coordinating members of a work group to accomplish tasks.
30 Drafting and Specifying Technical Devices
Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to inform others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
30 Handling and Moving Objects
Using one's own hands and arms in handling, installing, forming, positioning, and moving materials, or in manipulating things, including the use of keyboards.
25 Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require moving one's whole body, such as in climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, where the activities often also require considerable use of the arms and legs, such as in the physical handling of materials.
20 Assisting and Caring for Others
Providing assistance or personal care to others.
20 Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
20 Teaching Others
Identifying educational needs, developing formal training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
20 Developing and Building Teams
Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
15 Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring subordinates.
15 Selling or Influencing Others
Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods, or otherwise changing their minds or actions.
10 Coaching and Developing Others
Identifying developmental needs of others and coaching or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
10 Staffing Organizational Units
Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting persons for the organization.
10 Resolving Conflict or Negotiating with Others
Handling complaints, arbitrating disputes, and resolving grievances, or otherwise negotiating with others.
5 Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Work context elements are ranked by frequency (F), importance (I), responsibility (R), amount of contact (C), how serious (S), objective vs. subjective (O), automation (A), extent of frustration (E), responsible for health and safety (H), likelihood of injury (L), degree of injury (D) .
95 (F) Indoors
How frequently does this job require the worker to work: Indoors
84 (I) Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
76 (I) Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
How important is it to be sure that all the details of this job are performed and everything is done completely?
60 (F) Sitting
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Sitting?
53 (C) Job-Required Social Interaction
How much does this job require the worker to be in contact (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) with others in order to perform it?
52 (I) Persuade Someone to a Course of Action
How important are interactions requiring the worker to: Persuade someone to a course of action (informally) or influence others to buy something (to sell)?
50 (O) Objective or Subjective Information
How objective or subjective is the information communicated in this job?
45 (F) Standing
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Standing?
45 (F) Walking or Running
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Walking or running?
44 (I) Importance of Being Aware of New Events
How important is being constantly aware of either frequently changing events (e.g. security guard watching for shoplifters) or infrequent events (e.g. radar operator watching for tornadoes) to performing this job?
40 (F) Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Using hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
40 (I) Supervise, Coach, Train Others
How important are interactions requiring the worker to: Supervise, coach, train, or develop other employees?
34 (R) Responsibility for Outcomes and Results
How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
32 (I) Provide a Service to Others
How important are interactions requiring the worker to: Provide a service to others (e.g., customers)?
32 (I) Coordinate or Lead Others
How important are interactions requiring the worker to: Coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities (not supervision)?
30 (F) Frequency in Conflict Situations
How frequently do the job requirements place the worker in conflict situations?
28 (I) Deal With External Customers
How important are interactions requiring the worker to: Deal with external customers (e.g., retail sales) or the public in general (e.g., police work)?
28 (I) Take a Position Opposed to Others
How important are interactions requiring the worker to: Take a position opposed to coworkers or others?
21 (S) Consequence of Error
How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
20 (F) Outdoors
How frequently does this job require the worker to work: Outdoors
20 (E) Frustrating Circumstances
To what extent do frustrating circumstances ("road blocks" to work that are beyond the worker's control) hinder the accomplishment of this job?
20 (F) Kneeling, Crouching or Crawling
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Kneeling, stooping, crouching or crawling?
15 (F) Making Repetitive Motions
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Making repetitive motions?
13 (A) Degree of Automation
Indicate the level of automation of this job.
12 (I) Importance of Repeating Same Tasks
How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
11 (H) Responsible for Health and Safety of Others
How responsible is the worker for others' health and safety on this job?
10 (F) Special Uniform
How often does the worker wear: A special uniform, such as that of a commercial pilot, nurse, police officer, or military personnel?
10 (F) Bending or Twisting the Body
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Bending or twisting the body?
10 (F) Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
How often during a usual work period is the worker exposed to the following conditions: Cramped work space that requires getting into awkward positions?
10 (F) Common Protective or Safety Attire
How often does the worker wear: Common protective or safety attire, such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard-hat, or personal flotation device?
10 (F) Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting
How often during a usual work period is the worker exposed to the following conditions: Extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
10 (F) Contaminants
How often during a usual work period is the worker exposed to the following conditions: Contaminants (pollutants, gases, dust, odors, etc.)?
5 (F) Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, Poles, etc.
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Climbing ladders, scaffolds, poles, etc?
5 (F) Keeping or Regaining Balance
How much time in a usual work period does the worker spend: Keeping or regaining balance?
5 (F) Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People
How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
5 (F) Sounds or Noise Levels Are Distracting
How often during a usual work period is the worker exposed to the following conditions: Sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable?
5 (F) Very Hot
How often during a usual work period is the worker exposed to the following conditions: Very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F) temperatures?
4 (I) Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment
How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
Interest elements are ranked by occupational interest.
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Work values elements are ranked by extent.
64 Achievement-Mean Extent
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
60 Relationships-Mean Extent
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
57 Working Conditions-Mean Extent
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
56 Independence-Mean Extent
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employs to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
52 Support-Mean Extent
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
42 Recognition-Mean Extent
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
84 Working Conditions
Workers on this job have good working conditions
84 Moral Values
Workers on this job are never pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong
Workers on this job plan their work with little supervision
66 Company Policies and Practices
Workers on this job are treated fairly by the company
66 Ability Utilization
Workers on this job make use of their individual abilities
Workers on this job get a feeling of accomplishment
Workers on this job are busy all the time
Workers on this job have co-workers who are easy to get along with
Workers on this job try out their own ideas
56 Supervision, Human Relations
Workers on this job have supervisors who back up their workers with management
Workers on this job have something different to do every day
Workers on this job do their work alone
Workers on this job have opportunities for advancement
Workers on this job have steady employment
Workers on this job are paid well in comparison with other workers
Workers on this job make decisions on their own
47 Social Status
Workers on this job are looked up to by others in their company and their community
Workers on this job receive recognition for the work they do
38 Social Service
Workers on this job have work where they do things for other people
Workers on this job give directions and instructions to others
34 Supervision, Technical
Workers on this job have supervisors who train their workers well
|DOT91 (Dictionary of Occupational Titles):||
109067014 Research Associate
109267010 Research Assistant I
|AIM97 (Apprenticeship Information Management):||
|CEN90 (1990 Census Occupations):||
165 Archivists and Curators
|CIP90 (Classification of Instructional Programs):||
301401 Museology/Museum Studies
500703 Art History, Criticism and Conservation
500701 Art, General
450805 Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
450801 History, General
|GOE93 (Guide for Occupational Exploration):||
110303 Social Research: Historical
|MOC97 (Military Occupational Codes):||
|OES98 (Occupational Employment Statistics):||
39999 All Other Professional, Paraprofessional, and Technical Workers
|OPM97 (Office of Personnel Management Occupations):||
1010 Exhibits Specialist
1015 Museum Curator
1016 Museum Specialist and Technician
1499 Library and Archives Student Trainee
|SOC98 (Standard Occupational Classification):||