Archivists organize items such as documents, manuscripts, books, and artifacts, and are often employed by organizations which work with historical documents.
The archivist may have to take note of the conditions of various items and put them in storage systems to prevent damage or decay. Writing and typing skills are important, as he/she is expected to create descriptions of archived items. Computer skills are also necessary, as there will often be some sort of database of all cataloged items.
An archivist may have to create a sensible categorization system if one has not already been established within the organization. Much of the work is done independently, though teamwork skills are also necessary, so self-motivation and good communication skills are important.
Many positions require experience and/or knowledge of archiving, and any archiving-related certifications may also be requested. Some positions may require conducting research to determine answers to specific questions. Though much of the work is sedentary, there may be minimum physical requirements, such as bending, stooping, and carrying heavy items, as these motions may be necessary throughout the day. Some positions require a bachelor’s degree, while others may require a master’s degree in a history-related field.
Create and display exhibits virtually and in situ, ensuring educational merit and safety of artifacts.
Audit and conduct quality assurance of collections, including preservation and storage best practices.
Develop tools and workflows to collect, add metadata, and present artifacts, collections, and associated information.
Develop content for public-facing websites.