Career Details

Archivist

Career Overview

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

Education

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$23,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$83,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Political Science
  • Writing
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • History
  • Government
Future Outlook

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

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Work Environment

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

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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