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Archivists - Preparation

To work as an archivist, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • have a bachelor's degree; and
  • have a master's degree in a related field.

Education after high school

Archivists typically need a master's degree in history, library science, political science, or public administration. A few universities offer programs in archival science. You should also take courses in preservation management and computer applications.

Work experience

You can gain work experience as an archivist by volunteering or working as an intern. Volunteer opportunities can be found at local museums, genealogical societies, and historical societies. University libraries and museums may offer entry-level jobs where you can get experience.

On-the-job training

Archivists often receive training on the job. The length of training varies by employer and your background. In general, you receive up to six months of training.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.