Do you like to collect things? YES!
Do you love history? YES!
You may be able to turn that hobby into a career as a professional archivist.
How Archivists Contribute To Society
Archivist keep records to preserve reliable memories of the past.
An archive can contain multiple collections of related materials.
When building a collection, archivists:
Find materials that could belong in the collection
Determine value the materials will add to the collection
Organize records to be able to find information quickly when needed
Collections are not limited to physical archives. Digital archiving provides even more opportunities to preserve the past.
A Typical Day As An Archivist
Gather, organize, and classify information and materials to archive
Research origin and historical significance of materials
Prepare records to document and allow easy access to information
Develop policies and procedures for public access of records
Assist others in finding and understanding archival records
Are archivist known by other titles?
Great question! Archivists may work with librarians, museum curators, and other related fields. They may even do similar tasks. But these are all very different jobs.
Types Of Archive Records
Archivist keep records in a variety of forms, including:
Who Thrives As An Archivist
Archivists need to be detail orientated and enjoy:
Where Archivists Work
Archivists can find work in many different industries, including:
...and many more!
Mary loves collecting art and finding creative ways to display related art pieces together. Which job may be a good fit for Mary?
Museum tour guide
Most archivists have advanced degrees and certifications in their chosen field.
The average yearly salary in the U.S. is $55,560 USD.
The average yearly salary in Canada is $49,359 CAD.
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