On the Job
Archivists appraise, edit, and maintain records on documents that are valuable or historically significant. They may perform research on archival material.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Organize informational materials.
- Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
- Research topics in area of expertise.
- Edit documents.
- Develop policies or procedures for archives, museums or libraries.
- Prepare materials for preservation, storage, or display.
- Direct activities of subordinates.
- Develop library or archival databases.
- Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
- Evaluate characteristics of archival or historical objects.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Dealing with external customers.
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