What do they do?

Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.

Also known as:

Archival Records Clerk, Archivist, Digital Archivist, Film Archivist, Image Archivist, Museum Archivist, Museum Registrar, Project Archivist, Records Manager, Reference Archivist, State Archivist, University Archivist

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Archivists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (6%)
  • Master's degree  (37%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (37%)
  • Associate's degree  (4%)
  • Some college, no degree  (9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (5%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administrative - Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop policies or procedures for archives, museums or libraries.
  • Organize informational materials.
  • Help patrons use library or archival resources.
  • Evaluate characteristics of archival or historical objects.
  • Develop library or archival databases.
  • Prepare materials for preservation, storage, or display.
  • Direct activities of subordinates.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
  • Edit documents.

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