risk level
Based on 112 votes
by year 2032
or $28.19 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

37% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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We haven't found any important qualities of this job that can't be easily automated

User poll

44% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, employees may be able to find reassurance in the automated risk level we have generated, which shows 37% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Archivists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Archivists' job openings is expected to rise 8.9% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Archivists' was $58,640, or $28 per hour

'Archivists' were paid 26.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 7,230 people employed as 'Archivists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 20 thousand people are employed as 'Archivists'.

Job description

Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.

SOC Code: 25-4011.00


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بلعباس هجيرة (Uncertain) says
Due to the presence of archival tasks that are difficult for artificial intelligence robots to perform, they require pure human effort and intelligence.
Oct 23, 2023 at 10:57 AM
Gavin Couchot (No chance) says
This job requires not just knowledge on history which ai can do but it is human centric for the most part Ai would not have the capability’s to understand it’s importants or significance
Jul 06, 2023 at 06:59 AM
Sol (Moderate) says
Essentially data entry. Most sorting and categorisation can be more quickly, easily, and more accurately done by AI. Will become a sink for the overqualified and underpaid completing low-skilled data entry whilst the system completes complex archival activity.
May 24, 2023 at 11:31 PM
Michael (Low) says
Physical preservation is a significant part of this job, so I don’t see how this can be automated without huge breakthroughs in robotics
Dec 07, 2022 at 04:04 PM
Saddam (Highly likely) says
I am a History Graduate, my job was supposed to be checking records and keeping them in good shape in both paper and non paper. but everything is changed to electronic and digital for a long time. You just need to digitalize everything and store it. No need to have an Archivist. Save lots of money and when you need something you can use search engine.
Oct 16, 2019 at 01:44 PM
Maria says
You have a very mechanical view of the work of an archivist. Scanning all? And who will pay for the preservation costs?
Mar 13, 2021 at 07:04 PM

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