A genealogist is sought after by organizations working with ancestry and lineage. The genealogist should have at least a bachelor's degree in a discipline such as anthropology or history. Most organizations are looking for applicants that have years of experience. The genealogist should be proficient in Microsoft Office, as well online research. The ability to speak a foreign language is a trait that many companies are looking for as well. There can be a minor amount of travel involved, but it is not a major component of the genealogist's job.
The main responsibility of the genealogist is conducting research. This can range from using the internet to search for a family history of a client to working with lawyers or media groups that are seeking further information on a subject. The genealogist is required to cite all sources, as well as format and proof journals and documentation. They will usually report to a research manager or senior genealogist and will be asked to produce reports, updates, and abstracts.
The genealogist will primarily be working independently. However, due to the scale and size of certain projects, it is possible that they may be assigned to work in groups. The genealogist may also have associate genealogists or interns that will be working under their guidance.