An archivist is somebody who maintains, manages and acquires documents and other similar materials of great importance. This may be historical or legal documents that need to be archived and used at a later date. In the realms of the information society, the archivist plays a key role as they are responsible for records that can shape the identity of societies or groups.
Archives are obviously held by various organisations so recruitment agencies will be looking for talented archivists from a range of industries and demographics. Experience of working in environments such as government, business, museums, charities and academic institution would be sought after. As well as this, exemplary organisation skill and an aptitude for working with a large quantity of information will be a big plus when looking for a job as an archivist.
Archive staff would be required to make this information accessible to others " largely in digital format. The types of end users involved would be academics, researchers and other such professional staff.
Due to the academic nature of an archivists work, a starting salary would be somewhere in the region of £21,000 to £30,000 per year. Seniors can earn around £55,000 per year with a good track record and level of experience.