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Archivist

Overview: An archivist determines what portion of information produced by government agencies, businesses and educational institutioons should be classified and put into historical records in libraries and museums. The information may be printed documents, photographs or computerized data.
Duties: They plan how to organize information and data about scientific facts, historical records, maps, photographs and art works so it can be retrieved and used for analysis & new discoveries.

Manage professionals who must classify the information, enter it into computer data base systems, or file the information with earlier stored information.

They design new computer-based schemes enabling scientists and business persons today to conveniently and quickly retrieve and analyze information about a single topic.

They confer with universities, libraries, museums and government agencies to advise them about methods to organize their business records, books and collectors' items.

Degree(s): A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies 
Job Outlook: Employment of historical archivists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Those with extensive computer skills and management of electronic records should have the best opportunities.
Starting Salary: Earnings of archivists vary considerably by type and size of employer and often by specialty.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $38,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Preparation for employment as an archivist generally requires a master's degree or a doctorate's degree in archival studies and work experience as an intern in a museum. For most positions, a master's degree is adequate. The Academy of Certified Archivists offers voluntary certification by examination.
Advancement Info: Since most archives have few employees, archivists usually advance by transferring to larger record centers or archives.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.