Archivists

Archivists contribute to the study of the arts and sciences by analyzing, acquiring, and preserving historical documents, artwork, organizational and personal records, and information systems that are significant enough to be preserved for future generations. Archivists keep track of artifacts such as letters, contracts, films, photographs, video and sound recordings, digital files, blueprints, and other items of potential historical significance. Approximately 5,560 archivists are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Analyze, acquire, and preserve historical documents, artwork, organizational and personal records, and information systems
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art History
  • Foreign Language
  • History
Experience Three to five years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head Archivist, Curator, Chief Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Archival Assistant

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