Archivist at a Glance

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Best States for Archivist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Maryland 270 $61,630 $30
South Carolina 210 $29,850 $14
District of Columbia 110 $80,820 $39

Becoming an Archivist

Archivists typically hold at least a bachelor's degree in library science or history or a degree that includes a concentration in archival studies, museum studies, or records management. Many colleges and universities offer individual courses in archival techniques. Some employers will favor candidates with an advanced degree and related work experience.

Several schools offer online, hybrid, and on-campus degrees in library science. Ashford University's online bachelor's in library science program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to acquire, organize, and maintain records, documents, and other historical materials for a collection. Drexel University's online master's degree in library and information science offers concentrations in six different areas, including archival studies, digital libraries, and competitive intelligence and knowledge management. A sampling of classes in a library science degree program may include:

  • Research and Analysis Skills
  • Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Cataloging and Classification
  • Managing Collections

Certification, licensure, or continuing education is not required for archivists, but may help with career opportunities and advancement. The Academy of Certified Archivists offers certification for archivists with a master's degree and one year of archival experience. The National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. offers in-house training to archivists.