Archivists

(NOC 5113)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Archivists manage, process, store and share information contained in an organization's archives. They buy, store and research texts, pictures, maps, architectural documents, electronic materials, films and videos, and sound recordings and multimedia materials. They work in archives, in the public and para-public sectors and in private sector organizations.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 60 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 765 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Archivists most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 56% of Archivists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$50,329

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.73

Median

$36.29

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Archivists manage, process, store and share information contained in an organization's archives. They buy, store and research texts, pictures, maps, architectural documents, electronic materials, films and videos, and sound recordings and multimedia materials. They work in archives, in the public and para-public sectors and in private sector organizations.

Job duties

Archivists:

  • Develop policies and procedures for managing archives, particularly corporate cataloguing systems, records scheduling and disposal, and finding aids.
  • Design programs for managing, distributing and storing archives of all types (documents, photographs, maps, audio-visual materials, manuscripts, etc.).
  • Plan the computerized management of archives and the management of electronic archives.
  • Evaluate and buy archival materials to build and develop an archival collection for research purposes.
  • Make sure documents and records are real, and research the origins and significance of archival materials.
  • Organize noncurrent archives and develop cataloguing and retrieval systems to allow access to archival materials.
  • Help people with their searches.

Sample job titles

  • archivist
  • assistant archivist
  • collections archivist
  • corporate archivist
  • fine arts archivist
  • historical archivist
  • multimedia archivist
  • photo archivist
  • research archivist
  • video archivist

Skills

You need excellent administrative, research, organizational, writing, and planning skills, as well as intellectual curiosity. You should have supervisory skills and the ability to work with people of all ages, including other staff. A knowledge of computer systems, literature, and current information sources is also important. Being able to speak and write French would be an asset in some positions.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with a minor in archival studies or a university degree with a certificate in archival studies.
  • A master's degree in archival studies, archival studies and information science, library science or history may be necessary.

Other considerations

Movement to archive management positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

88.9%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.8

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

75.0%

Halifax

25.0%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

75.0%

Information and cultural industries

25.0%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

35-44

33.0%

45-54

33.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

55.6%

Master's degree

N/A
33.3%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
22.2%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor's degree

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College certificate or diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master's degree

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

Library science/librarianship

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the knowledge and skills required to develop, organize, store, retrieve, administer, and facilitate the use of local, remote, and networked collections of information in print, audiovisual, and electronic formats and that prepares individuals for professional service as librarians and information consultants.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Council of Nova Scotia Archives
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1W4
Tel: (902) 424-7093
Fax: (902) 424-0628
Association of Canadian Archivists
PO Box 2596, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1P 5W6
Tel: (613) 234-6977
Fax: (613) 234-8500

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