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Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators

Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators
Quick Facts : Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators*
2010 Median Pay$42,310
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201223,800
Job Outlook16% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change3,800


Curators, museum technicians, and conservators work are in charge of overseeing collections like artwork or historic artifacts and organizing their displays. They may conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum techs and conservators often prepare and restore items for museum collections and exhibits.

What Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators Do

  • Acquire, store, and exhibit collections
  • Select the theme and design of exhibits
  • Design, organize, or conduct tours and workshops for the public
  • Attend meetings and civic events to promote the institution
  • Direct and supervise curatorial, technical, and student staff

Work Environment

Most curators work at museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and historical sites. Those who install and restore exhibits may be required to climb, stretch, and work with bulky objects. Museum technicians work in museums, while conservators mostly work in laboratories.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment growth will vary be specialty.
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Pay

The median annual wage of curators and museum technicians was $42,310 in May 2010.
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Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators

42310

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators*
Percent Change in Employment

Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators

15.9664

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators

Many employers require curators to have related work experience or a master's degree but some curator jobs require only a bachelor's degree, Museum technicians must have a bachelor's degree; conservators generally need a master's degree.
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