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Skill Areas

Learn about the most important skills for Historians. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each skill.

Importance*More Info
1.Reading Comprehension94
2.Writing84
3.Speaking81
4.Critical Thinking75
5.Active Listening72
6.Active Learning66
7.Instructing62
Social Perceptiveness62
9.Monitoring60
10.Judgment and Decision Making56
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Skill Area Scores

Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
94
66
Read step-by-step instructions for completing a formRead a memo from management describing new personnel policiesRead a scientific journal article describing surgical procedures
Writing
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
84
70
Take a telephone messageWrite a memo to staff outlining new directivesWrite a novel for publication
Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
81
63
Greet tourists and explain tourist attractionsInterview applicants to obtain personal and work historyArgue a legal case before the Supreme Court
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75
61
Determine whether a subordinate has a good excuse for being lateEvaluate customer complaints and determine appropriate responsesWrite legal brief challenging a federal law
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.
72
61
Take a customer's orderAnswer inquiries regarding credit referencesPreside as judge in a complex legal disagreement
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
66
59
Think about the implications of a newspaper article for job opportunitiesDetermine the impact of new menu changes on a restaurant's purchasing requirementsIdentify the implications of a new scientific theory for product design
Instructing
Teaching others how to do something.
62
50
Instruct a new employee in the use of a time clockInstruct a coworker in how to operate a software programDemonstrate surgical procedure to interns in a teaching hospital
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
62
48
Notice that customers are angry because they have been waiting too longBe aware of how a coworker's promotion will affect a work groupCounsel depressive patients during a crisis period
Monitoring
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
60
46
Proofread and correct a letterMonitor a meeting's progress and revise the agenda to ensure that important topics are discussedReview corporate productivity and develop a plan to increase productivity
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
56
52
Decide how scheduling a break will affect work flowEvaluate a loan application for degree of riskDecide whether a manufacturing company should invest in new robotics technology