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If you are interested in doing archival work, high school is not
too early to begin your training. Since it is usually necessary to
earn a master's degree to become an archivist, you should select a
college preparatory curriculum in high school and plan on going to
college. While in high school, you should pay special attention to
learning library and research skills. Classes in English, history,
science, and mathematics will provide you with basic skills and
knowledge for university study. Computer and journalism courses
will help you hone your database-searching and research skills, and
political science courses will help you identify events of societal
importance. Since many archives are becoming electronic, computer
science, database management, and Web technology classes will be
especially useful. You should also plan on learning at least one
foreign language. If you are interested in doing archival work at a
religious organization, Latin or Hebrew may be good language
options. If you would like to work in a specialized archive, such
as an art gallery or medical school archive, you should also focus
on classes that will prepare you for that specialty.
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