Archive Technician

Sort, organize, and safeguard important documents and resources.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Archive Technicians do?

Museums, Doctors ’ offices, libraries, banks, and Lawyers ’ offices all have back rooms that are stuffed to the gills with papers. Sometimes, the documents remain in their homes permanently. Other times, these cubbies are culled when a specific amount of time has passed. An Archive Technician handles these mountains of paper.

Archive Technicians who work in museums and libraries deal with valuable documents that are rarely, if ever, discarded. In this role, you provide clerical help to the Curators or Librarians who manage the collection. Sorting items into piles by date or making a list of all of the papers the organization owns takes up much of your day.

Archive Technicians who work for Doctors, Lawyers, or Bankers strive hard to keep the records organized, up to date, and under control. In this position, you might scan very old documents into the computer for safekeeping, and then shred the paper copies so thieves couldn’t steal the information. You might also file new documents, and keep detailed records about where items are filed.

In either position, you’ll be asked to help people find specific items in the piles of documents you’ve stashed away. Since you’ve sorted these documents, you know just where to go to find a particular item, and you’re back in a flash with just the right information.

In a museum or library, you might help a lost student or Writer find inspiring, old documents. In a bank or law office, you help coworkers find critical customer records. After the readers finish with the papers, you put them back where they belong.

Should I be an Archive Technician?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become an Archive Technician

    Most Archive Technicians have a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:sec9lr&chl=no+college+%2813%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2843%25%29|master%27s+%288%25%29|doctorate+%2830%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,13,43
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