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Archivists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, archivists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work outcomes and activities of other workers.
  • Communicate daily by phone, e-mail, and in person. They also write letters and memos, but less often.
  • May work as a part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Occasionally are exposed to contaminants like dust.
  • Sometimes work in shared office spaces.

Work Performance

  • Must be accurate in what they do.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities daily.
  • Usually make decisions or set daily tasks and goals without consulting a supervisor first.


  • Work a regular work schedule.
  • Typically work 40 hours per week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.