Curators

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What do they do?

Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Also known as:

Collections Curator, Collections Manager, Curator, Education Curator, Exhibitions Curator, Exhibits Curator, Herbarium Curator, Museum Curator, Photography Curator, Vertebrate Zoology Curator

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Curators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 6.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #36 in job growth rate
  • 40

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (8.2%)
  • Master's degree (36%)
  • Bachelor's degree (35.9%)
  • Associate's degree (4.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (8.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.8%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Construct exhibits or parts of exhibits.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Develop library or archival databases.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Provide information to the general public.
  • Evaluate characteristics of archival or historical objects.
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