|Quick Facts: Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators|
$42,310 per year
$20.34 per hour
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|16% (About as fast as average)|
Curators oversee collections, such as artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits.
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.
Although some curator jobs require only a bachelor’s degree, many employers require curators to have a master’s degree combined with related work experience. Museum technicians must have a bachelor’s degree; conservators generally need a master’s degree.
In May 2010, the median annual wage of curators was $48,450, and the median annual wage of museum technicians and conservators was $37,310.
Overall employment of curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Public interest in science, art, and history will continue to spur demand for curators, museum technicians, and conservators. Applicants should expect strong competition for jobs.
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