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Archivists

Archivists
Quick Facts : Archivists*
2010 Median Pay$45,200
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20126,100
Job Outlook12% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change700


Archivists preserve documents and records that are historically significant. They appraise, edit, and maintain permanent records and historically valuable documents. Also, they often perform research on archival material.

What Archivists Do

  •     Create and maintain accessible computer archives and databases
  •     Organize and classify archival records to make it easy to find materials
  •     Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials
  •     Safeguard records by copying to film, videotape, disk, or computer formats
  •     Set and administer policy guidelines concerning public access to materials

Work Environment

Archivists work in museums, government, colleges and universities, corporations, and other institutions that require experts to preserve important records.
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Job Outlook

Employment of archivists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to the growing use of electronic records which will cause demand for archivists who specialize in electronic records and records management to grow more rapidly than demand for archivists who specialize in older media formats.
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Pay

The average salary of archivists was $45,200 in May 2010.
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Archivists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Archivists

45200

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Archivists*
Percent Change in Employment

Archivists

11.4754

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Archivists

Archivists must usually have a bachelor's degree in history or library science, although some employers require an advanced degree and related work experience. People often gain experience by working or volunteering in archives.
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