Flaticon Icon Do you like to collect things? YES!

Flaticon Icon Do you love history? YES!

You may be able to turn that hobby into a career as a professional archivist.

Stamp Collector? NO Professional Archivist? YES

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

What's your job? What do you do?

  • 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

Related Jobs

What's the difference?

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:

  • Letters

  • Diaries

  • Logs

  • Personal documents

  • Government documents

  • Sound recordings

  • Videos

  • Digital files

  • Physical objects

That belongs in a museum! by Indiana Jones

Who Thrives As An Archivist

Archivists need to be detail orientated and enjoy:

  • History

  • Research

  • Writing

  • Active listing

  • Critical thinking

  • Problem solving

  • Technology

I just love it so much!

Where Archivists Work

Archivists can find work in many different industries, including:

  • Government

  • Universities

  • Banks

  • Museums

  • Corporations

    ...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?

Average Salary

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Most archivists have advanced degrees and certifications in their chosen field.

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The average yearly salary in the U.S. is $55,560 USD.  

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The average yearly salary in Canada is $49,359 CAD.  

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