51102 – Archivists

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5110 – Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators

Archivists manage, process, store and disseminate information contained in an organization’s archives. They acquire, store and research textual material, pictures, maps, architectural documents, electronic materials, films and videos, and sound recordings and multimedia materials. They are employed in archives, in the public and para-public sectors and in private sector organizations.

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Example Titles

  • Archivist

  • Historical archivist

  • Multimedia archivist

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Develop policies and procedures for managing current and semicurrent archives, in particular corporate cataloguing systems, records scheduling and disposal, and finding aids

  • Design programs for managing, disseminating and storing archives of all types (documents, photographs, maps, audio-visual materials, manuscripts, etc.)

  • Plan the computerized management of archives and the management of electronic archives

  • Appraise and acquire archival materials to build and develop an archival collection for research purposes

  • Authenticate documents and records, and research the origins and significance of archival materials

  • Organize noncurrent archives and develop cataloguing and retrieval systems to allow access to archival materials

  • Assist people with their searches.

Employment Requirements

  • Conservators require a master's degree in art conservation or completion of a two-year college program in conservation technology and several years of experience in conservation work.

  • Conservators may be accredited by the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.

  • Curators require a master's or bachelor's degree in museology, art history or a field related to their specific area of work.