An archivist is a person who evaluates organizes and prepares valuable documents for the purpose of extended or permanent storage in repositories. According to these documents or archives are noncurrent records that can encompass photographs films video and sound recordings computer tapes and video and optical disks as well as the more traditional unpublished letters diaries and other manuscripts.

Archives can be highly important to researchers and they can be crucial in instances where legal claims are made. Archives can be large or small and they can be located in federal state and local governments schools colleges universities religious institutions businesses hospitals museums labor unions and historical societies — wherever there is a need to keep records of people or organizations.

Entry-level archivists have undergraduate degrees with majors such as history library science political science or public administration. Students should also complete a graduate degree that includes archival coursework and a practicum. Some institutions offer masters degree programs in archival studies with courses in basic archival theory as well the theoretical and practical aspects of appraisal description legal concerns and so on.  If you are interested in learning about becoming an Archivist visit this link.

For higher ranking positions in academia a Ph.D. often in history or library science is usually expected. According to archivists salaries vary considerably depending on location as well as size and type of organization. However in 2010 the median salary across employees in organizations of all sizes industries and geographies was around $42000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $41824
High Salary: $51479
Low Salary: $32169
Tasks: Evaluates, organizes, and prepares valuable documents.
Researches and retrieves archives.
Keeps track of noncurrent records.
Keeps records of people or organizations.
Also Called: Record Keeper
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