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Also called: Archives Director, Archivist, Manuscripts Curator, Registrar

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
On the job, you would:
  • Organize archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
  • Provide reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
  • Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Safety and Government
  • law and government


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Archon
  • DiMeMa CONTENTdm
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro
Video creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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