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Archivist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 6,900 Archivists in the United States. The Archivist job market is expected to grow by 6.8% between 2014 and 2024.

Archivist Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Archivists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 2,600 Archivists. That number is based on 500 additional Archivists, and the retirement of 2,200 existing Archivists.

Demand for Archivists

The prospective job market for archivists is expected to remain competitive, as qualified applicants generally outnumber openings. As in all sectors, retiring workers will create some vacancies, but turnover in this small occupation is low. Applicants may also face reduced demand due to periodic budget and funding cuts to Archives. Still, in the long term, job prospects for archivists should increase as public and private institutions require organization of and access to growing volumes of records and information. The easiest entry to the archivist field may be as an intern or volunteer research associate, since permanent status is generally achieved with work experience in collection management, research, exhibit design, restoration, or database management. Only archivists with a background in some or all of these areas and a Master’s Degree or Doctorate in such disciplines as archival studies, library science, or history can apply for professional certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. Other sought after qualifications in the field include foreign language skills, familiarity with both electronic and traditional records management, and the ability to relocate. Archivists for the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Smithsonian Institution, Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and The Cocoa-Cola Company are among the most prestigious positions in the field. However, demand for archivists is created by many organizations, foundations, museums, libraries, universities, communities, cities, states, and provinces with the need to assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to their irreplaceable historical records and documents. Opportunities are also being added by some large corporations that need to manage and maintain volumes of records as required by law.

Supply of Archivists

The Archivist industry is concentrated in New York, California, and Texas.

Archivist Job Market by State

State name Employed Archivists
New York 670
California 520
Texas 350
Pennsylvania 310
Massachusetts 270
Illinois 250
Maryland 240
Washington 200
Florida 170
District of Columbia 170
Indiana 130
Ohio 130
Wisconsin 130
North Carolina 120
Virginia 110
Michigan 110
Connecticut 110
New Jersey 100
Louisiana 100
Missouri 100
Tennessee 80
Arizona 80
South Carolina 80
Minnesota 70
Arkansas 70
Colorado 70
Rhode Island 70
Puerto Rico 60
Oregon 60
Georgia 60
Alabama 50
New Mexico 50
Kansas 50
Utah 50
Vermont 40
Oklahoma 30

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