Archivists, Curators and Records Managers
Archivists, Curators and Records Managers develop, maintain, implement and deliver systems for keeping, updating, accessing and preserving records, files, information, historical documents and artefacts.
evaluating and preserving records for administrative, historical, legal, evidential and other purposes
preparing record-keeping systems, indexes, guides and procedures for archival research and for the retention and destruction of records
identifying and classifying specimens and objects, and arranging restoration work
examining items and arranging examinations to determine condition and authenticity
designing and revising medical record forms
managing organisations' central records systems
analysing the record-keeping needs of organisations, and translating these needs into record management systems
maintaining computerised and other record management systems and record forms, and advising on their usage
controlling access to confidential information, and recommending codes of practice and procedures for accessing records
developing record cataloguing, coding and classification systems, and monitoring their use
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 69% of people employed as Archivists, Curators and Records Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 3 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,902 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,604
- 1 in 4 earn more than $2,177
Median hourly earnings are $50, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Archivists, Curators and Records Managers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Archivists, Curators and Records Managers work in industries like:
- Arts and recreation services
- Public administration and safety
- Health care and social assistance
- Education and training.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Archivists, Curators and Records Managers||All Jobs Average|
The Australian Capital Territory and Victoria have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Archivists, Curators and Records Managers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 71% of the workforce. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Archivists, Curators and Records Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||6.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor or postgraduate degree in a relevant field is usually needed to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Archivists, Curators and Records Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||32.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||3.4||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Archivists, Curators and Records Managers who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and who can work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
46%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
45%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
72%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
68%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
63%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
62%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
57%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
51%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
48%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
47%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
46%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
38%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
36%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
21%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Read and understand written information.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Communicate by speaking.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are far away.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
34%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
79%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
78%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
78%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
75%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
74%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
71%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
70%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
68%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
67%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
67%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
67%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
65%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
64%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
63%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
63%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
62%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
60%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
57%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
54%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
52%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
99%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
88%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
84%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
81%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
78%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
78%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
72%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
64%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
61%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
58%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
58%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
54%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
53%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
53%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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