Genealogists

Genealogists conduct research into the ancestral background of individuals and families to discover and identify the personal histories of their clients. They search back along family lines to create family trees. Genealogists also research medical histories, adoption records, and conduct period research for writers and filmmakers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Conduct research into the ancestral background of individuals and families to discover and identify the personal histories of their clients
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
Experience None required to get started
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Genealogy Business or College Professor
  • Full-Time Genealogist
  • Part-Time Genealogist

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