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maintain, implement and deliver systems for keeping, updating, accessing and preserving records, files, information, historical documents and artefacts.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Many Archivists, Curators and Records Managers complete postgraduate studies.

    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

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    • $1,812 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 5,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 71% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Archivists, Curators and Records Managers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 5,600 in 2018 to 5,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Archivists, Curators and Records Managers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,812 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (69%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
    • Gender: 71% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20087400
    20094100
    20106500
    201110100
    20126100
    20137500
    20148200
    20158300
    20164700
    20176400
    20185600
    20235400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings18121460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety24.9
    Health Care and Social Assistance24.5
    Arts and Recreation Services14.4
    Education and Training9.8
    Other Industries26.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW26.831.6
    VIC30.525.6
    QLD13.720.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA11.210.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT7.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    15-190.5-5.05.0
    20-243.1-9.39.3
    25-3418.5-22.922.9
    35-4425.0-22.022.0
    45-5426.1-21.621.6
    55-5912.3-9.09.0
    60-648.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationArchivists, Curators and Records ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate32.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree33.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV7.3-21.121.1
    Year 129.9-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.4-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Many Archivists, Curators and Records Managers complete postgraduate studies.

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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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      73% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    2. History and Archeology

      72% Skill level

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

    3. English Language

      69% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      68% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      63% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      99% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    2. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Telephone

      91% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      88% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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