An archivist appraises, preserves, and catalogs historically valuable documents that may include pictures, maps, films, as well as other text-based material.
Archivists, curators, and conservators typically need a master’s degree in a field related to their position. Museum technicians typically have a bachelor’s degree. Experience gained through an internship or by volunteering in archives or museums is helpful.
Employment of archivists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 600 new jobs over the 10-year period. Demand for archivists is expected to increase, as public and private organizations require that more volumes of records and information be organized and made accessible.
Archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators work in museums, historical sites, governments, colleges and universities, corporations, and other institutions. Most work full time.