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Records Manager

A records manager is responsible for the management of an organization’s records.
Records Managers are employed in a variety roles. The job includes advising clients on records management issues as well as undertaking practical and strategic activities.
The demands of legislation such as the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act have also increased organizational needs for someone who is well-versed in these matters and who may deal with a variety of issues in regards to records and information management.

Day to Day Duties:

  • Storing, arranging, indexing, and classifying records
  • Assisting in the development of filing systems, and maintaining these to meet
       administrative, legal, and financial requirements
  • Overseeing the management of electronic and/or paper-based information
  • Setting up, maintaining, reviewing, and documenting records systems
  • Implementing new records management policies and classification  systems
  • Providing a policies to guide staff in the management of their records and use
      of the employer's records system
  • Ensuring compliance with legislation and regulations
  • Standardizing information sources throughout an organization or group of organizations
  • Managing the changeover from paper to electronic records
  • Preserving corporate memory and heritage
  • Enabling appropriate access to information
  • Responding to internal and/or external information enquiries
  • Advising on legal and regulatory issues, often involving difficult judgments in areas such as the Freedom of Information Act, and other  national or regional legislation
  • Managing and monitoring budgets and resources
  • Training and supervising records staff
  • Advising staff in other departments on the management of their records and information.

Average Salary: Median Salary: $59,000-$81,500. Salary: Based on various websites and resources (ex. Salary.com, PayScale.com, and SalaryExpert.com). Specialty, gender, age, and location made a big difference in earnings.

Career Prospects:
According to Gartner Dataquest the emerging enterprise content management market is now estimated to be worth more than $1 billion, and is still very much in a growth phase. 

The worldwide content and document management software market, which includes web content management (WCM) and integrated document management (IDM) grew 9.2 percent in 2003, to $1.03 billion in new license revenue, up from $940 million in 2002.
"Most of the information that exists in organizations is unstructured and there is an ever growing imperative to manage this unstructured content," said Tom Eid, principal analyst for Gartner. "Over the past two years, there has been greater acceptance of an integrated content and document management suite, and many content and document management vendors are now providing vertical-industry specific and line-of-business focused solutions."

The US Bureau of Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition points out that: 

“Employment in computer systems design and related services will grow by 38.3 percent and add nearly one-fourth of all new jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services. Employment growth will be driven by the increasing reliance of businesses on information technology and the continuing importance of maintaining system and network security. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services also will grow at a staggering 78 percent and account for another third of growth in this supersector. Demand for these services will be spurred by the increased use of new technology and computer software and the growing complexity of business.”

Suggested Minors:

  1. Business
  2. Computer Science

Additional Courses to Enhance Skills: 
Additional Business, Computer Science, and courses on Legal issues and access to information

Alternate Job Titles:

  1. Records Administrator
  2. Records Database Administrator
  3. Enterprise Content Management Market