Museum Technicians and Conservators

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What do they do?

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

Also known as:

Art Preparator, Conservation Specialist, Conservation Technician, Conservator, Exhibit Preparator, Exhibit Technician, Exhibition Designer, Exhibits Coordinator, Museum Preparator, Museum Registrar, Museum Technician, Objects Conservator, Paintings Conservator, Paper Conservator, Preparator, Restoration Technician, Textile Conservator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Museum Technicians and Conservators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Museum Technicians and Conservators 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:

  • 6.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #41 in job growth rate
  • 60

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #18 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5.7%)
  • Master's degree (36.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (36.2%)
  • Associate's degree (3.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (9.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (6.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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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.
  • Prepare materials for preservation, storage, or display.
  • Direct department activities.
  • Classify materials according to standard systems.
  • Evaluate characteristics of archival or historical objects.
  • Inspect materials or equipment to determine need for repair or replacement.
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