Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.9% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Archivists Do

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

Other Job Titles Archivists May Have

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

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Archivist ,

National Archives and Records Administration

Typically I spend my day providing reference services for researchers or on a processing project. Reference services can be anywhere from meeting with a new on-site researcher or responding to email requests related to our holdings. If I'm not working on reference requests, I'm reviewing an unprocessed collection and preparing it to be released to the public.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Organize archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
  • Provide reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
  • Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
  • Establish and administer policy guidelines concerning public access and use of materials.
  • Research and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials.

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