What Does An Archivist Do?

An archivist appraises, preserves, and catalogs historically valuable documents that may include pictures, maps, films, as well as other text-based material.

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How Do I Become An Archivist?

A master’s degree in history, library science, archival science, or a related field may be required to obtain this position. A master’s degree typically takes two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. Some organizations may only require a bachelor’s degree.

What is the Average Salary For An Archivist?

High – 83,000
Median – 50,000
Low – 23,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Archivist?

  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Political Science
  • Government
  • History

What Is The Work Environment For An Archivist?

Archivists typically work in museums or historical sites or for governments, colleges, or universities.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Archivist?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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