Career Overview

An archivist appraises, preserves, and catalogs historically valuable documents that may include pictures, maps, films, as well as other text-based material. Use the search box to find the video of Jacki!


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

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Political Science
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Government
Work Environment

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

Future Outlook

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