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Archivists Career Video

About This Career

Appraises, edits, and directs safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participates in research activities based on archival materials.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Professional Support Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Organizes archival records and develops classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
  • Provides reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
  • Prepares archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
  • Establishes and administers policy guidelines concerning public access and use of materials.
  • Researches and records the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
  • Creates and maintains accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electronic information storage technology.
  • Preserves records, documents, and objects, copying records to film, videotape, audiotape, disk, or computer formats as necessary.
  • Directs activities of workers who assist in arranging, cataloguing, exhibiting, and maintaining collections of valuable materials.
  • Locates new materials and directs their acquisition and display.
  • Authenticates and appraises historical documents and archival materials.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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


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