Archivists analyse and document records, and plan and organise systems and procedures for the safekeeping of records and historically valuable documents.

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

You usually need a bachelor degree in records, archives, librarianship and corporate management or a related postgraduate degree to work as an Archivist. It is possible to become an Archivist without formal qualifications if you have extensive relevant experience.

Tasks

  • Evaluates and preserves records for administrative, historical, legal, evidential and other purposes.
  • Prepares record-keeping systems, indexes, guides and procedures for archival research and for the retention and destruction of records.
  • Identifies and classifies specimens and objects, and arranges restoration work.
  • Examines items and arranges examinations to determine condition and authenticity.

All Archivists, Curators and Records Managers

  • $1,812 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Archivists

  • 960 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 50% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 67% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Archivists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 970 in 2011 to 960 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Archivists work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (50%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (64%).
  • Gender: 67% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Education and Training27.6
Public Administration and Safety22.5
Information Media and Telecommunications20.8
Other Services6.6
Other Industries22.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateArchivistsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.131.6
VIC27.325.6
QLD11.820.0
SA9.37.0
WA9.110.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.51.0
ACT7.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketArchivistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-243.9-9.39.3
25-3412.7-22.922.9
35-4418.8-22.022.0
45-5423.0-21.621.6
55-5912.2-9.09.0
60-6412.2-6.06.0
65 and Over16.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationArchivistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate45.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree22.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV6.9-21.121.1
Year 128.9-18.118.1
Year 112.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.3-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in records, archives, librarianship and corporate management or a related postgraduate degree to work as an Archivist. It is possible to become an Archivist without formal qualifications if you have extensive relevant experience.

Membership with the Australian Society of Archivists may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.

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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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  1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    99% Important

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  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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