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Archivist

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Archivists collect, assess, organise, study and preserve historical records and documents. These may include rare books or manuscripts, maps, plans, film, video, photographs, audio and digital files. They also give people access to these materials and help them to use them.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary, depending on:

The Archives and Records Association recommend that the minimum salary for archivists who have recently qualified is £22,443 a year. This may rise to £26,000 or more with experience. Senior archivists may be able to earn £35,000 and above.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work for local authorities, in museums, universities, hospitals, central government and industry. Most jobs are advertised through the Archives and Records Association and the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS).

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1147
2.8 %
RISE
2023
1179
  United Kingdom
2018
11179
2.1 %
RISE
2023
11419

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in the heritage and culture sector, including archive work.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland)
Tel: 01823 327 077
E-mail: ara@archives.org.uk
Website: http://www.archives.org.uk
Twitter: @ARAScot

A list of placement opportunities in various archives, paid and voluntary, can be downloaded from this website.

Archive-Skills Consultancy
Tel: 020 8806 8631
Website: http://www.archive-skills.com

Information and Records Management Society (IRMS)
Tel: 01625 664520
E-mail: info@irms.org.uk
Website: http://www.irms.org.uk
Twitter: @IRMSociety
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IRMSociety/

Museums Association
Tel: 020 7566 7800
E-mail: info@museumsassociation.org
Website: http://www.museumsassociation.org/
Twitter: @MuseumsAssoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MuseumsAssoc

National Archives
Tel: 020 8876 3444
Website: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Twitter: @UkNatArchives
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNationalArchives

University of Glasgow Archive Services
Tel: 0141 330 5515
Website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/archives/

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