Archivists, Curators and Records Managers develop, maintain, implement and deliver systems for keeping, updating, accessing and preserving records, files, information, historical documents and artefacts.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. The majority of workers have a university degree.

Tasks

  • evaluating and preserving records for administrative, historical, legal, evidential and other purposes
  • preparing record-keeping systems, indexes, guides and procedures for archival research and for the retention and destruction of records
  • identifying and classifying specimens and objects, and arranging restoration work
  • examining items and arranging examinations to determine condition and authenticity
  • designing and revising medical record forms
  • managing organisations' central records systems
  • analysing the record-keeping needs of organisations, and translating these needs into record management systems
  • maintaining computerised and other record management systems and record forms, and advising on their usage
  • controlling access to confidential information, and recommending codes of practice and procedures for accessing records
  • developing record cataloguing, coding and classification systems, and monitoring their use

Job Titles

  • Archivist
  • Gallery or Museum Curator
  • Health Information Manager
  • Records Manager
  • Archivist

    Analyses and documents records, and plans and organises systems and procedures for the safekeeping of records and historically valuable documents.

    Specialisations: Film Archivist, Legal Archivist, Manuscripts Archivist, Parliamentary Archivist

  • Gallery or Museum Curator

    Plans and organises a gallery or museum collection by drafting collection policies and arranging acquisitions of pieces.

  • Health Information Manager

    Plans, develops, implements and manages health information services, such as patient information systems, and clinical and administrative data, to meet the medical, legal, ethical and administrative requirements of health care delivery.

    Specialisations: Clinical Trial Data Manager, Health Data Administrator

  • Records Manager

    Designs, implements and administers record systems and related information services, to support efficient access, movement, updating, storage, retention and disposal of files and other organisational records.

    Specialisations: Freedom of Information Officer

Fast Facts

  • $1,595 Weekly Pay
  • 6,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 71.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 34.1 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 68.8% female Gender Share

The number of Archivists, Curators and Records Managers grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 6,600 in 2017 to 7,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Archivists, Curators and Records Managers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,595 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71.3%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51.4%).
  • Gender: 68.8% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20076000
20087400
20094100
20106500
201110100
20126100
20137500
20147800
20158000
20164600
20176600
20227800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsArchivists, Curators and Records ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15951230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance35.0
Public Administration and Safety22.5
Arts and Recreation Services14.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.5
Other Industries19.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateArchivists, Curators and Records ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.431.6
VIC36.826.2
QLD19.319.7
SA5.56.7
WA5.710.8
TAS1.52.0
NT1.71.1
ACT5.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketArchivists, Curators and Records ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.6-5.25.2
20-240.4-9.99.9
25-3413.5-23.623.6
35-4431.3-21.721.7
45-5421.7-20.820.8
55-5911.1-8.88.8
60-6411.3-6.06.0
65 and Over7.3-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. The majority of workers have a university degree.

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Employers look for Archivists, Curators and Records Managers who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and who can work well in a team.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    88% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. History and Archeology

    84% Important

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    71% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    70% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Administration and Management

    67% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Documenting/Recording Information

    92% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  2. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Interacting With Computers

    90% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  4. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    86% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    85% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4011.00 - Archivists.

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