There are currently an estimated 6,800 archivists in the United States. The archivist job market is expected to grow by 14.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are archivists?

CareerExplorer rates archivists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 6,800 archivists. That number is based on 1,000 additional archivists, and the retirement of 5,800 existing archivists.

Are archivists in demand?

The prospective job market for archivists is expected to remain competitive, as qualified applicants generally outnumber openings. As in all sectors, retiring workers will create some vacancies, but turnover in this small occupation is low. Applicants may also face reduced demand due to periodic budget and funding cuts to Archives. Still, in the long term, job prospects for archivists should increase as public and private institutions require organization of and access to growing volumes of records and information. The easiest entry to the archivist field may be as an intern or volunteer research associate, since permanent status is generally achieved with work experience in collection management, research, exhibit design, restoration, or database management. Only archivists with a background in some or all of these areas and a Master’s Degree or Doctorate in such disciplines as archival studies, library science, or history can apply for professional certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. Other sought after qualifications in the field include foreign language skills, familiarity with both electronic and traditional records management, and the ability to relocate. Archivists for the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Smithsonian Institution, Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and The Cocoa-Cola Company are among the most prestigious positions in the field. However, demand for archivists is created by many organizations, foundations, museums, libraries, universities, communities, cities, states, and provinces with the need to assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to their irreplaceable historical records and documents. Opportunities are also being added by some large corporations that need to manage and maintain volumes of records as required by law.

What’s the supply of archivists?

The archivist industry is concentrated in New York, California, Texas

Archivist job market by state

State Name Employed Archivists
New York 1,190
California 480
Texas 480
Maryland 340
Illinois 250
Pennsylvania 230
Massachusetts 220
District of Columbia 200
Washington 160
Michigan 150
Florida 150
Virginia 130
Missouri 120
Ohio 120
Wisconsin 110
Tennessee 100
North Carolina 100
Georgia 90
Indiana 80
Alabama 80
South Carolina 80
Louisiana 70
Arizona 70
Rhode Island 60
Colorado 60
Minnesota 60
Puerto Rico 50
Kansas 50
Nevada 50
Oklahoma 50
Oregon 50
Arkansas 50
New Mexico 40
Connecticut 40
Kentucky 30
Vermont 30