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Archivists - 25-4011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Archival Records Clerk
  • Archivist
  • Film Archivist
  • Museum Archivist
  • Museum Registrar
  • Records Manager
  • Reference Archivist
  • State Archivist
  • University Archivist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials.
  • Coordinate educational and public outreach programs, such as tours, workshops, lectures, and classes.
  • Create and maintain accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electronic information storage technology.
  • Direct activities of workers who assist in arranging, cataloguing, exhibiting, and maintaining collections of valuable materials.
  • Establish and administer policy guidelines concerning public access and use of materials.
  • Locate new materials and direct their acquisition and display.
  • Organize archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
  • Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
  • Preserve records, documents, and objects, copying records to film, videotape, audiotape, disk, or computer formats as necessary.
  • Provide reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
  • Research and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
  • Select and edit documents for publication and display, applying knowledge of subject, literary expression, and presentation techniques.
  • Specialize in an area of history or technology, researching topics or items relevant to collections to determine what should be retained or acquired.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Develop library or archival databases.
  • Develop policies or procedures for archives, museums or libraries.
  • Direct activities of subordinates.
  • Edit documents.
  • Evaluate characteristics of archival or historical objects.
  • Help patrons use library or archival resources.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Organize informational materials.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
  • Prepare materials for preservation, storage, or display.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Historian (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historian Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historical Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Production Manager (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Archivist