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Museum Curator

Overview: Curators manage display collections in museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and historic sites. They acquire items through purchases, gifts, field exploration or loans. They often restore art works and historic items to their originial condition. They plan and prepare exhibits.
Duties: They plan the exhibits to be shown to the public in museums, historical sites and aquariums. They decide what specimens to show and the type of background to use.

They select the articles to be shown and may have to purchase them or negotiate to borrow them from private owners. Arrange for exchange of articles with other museums.

They trace the history of articles to be displayed and assure their authenticity. Restore works of art and design methods to protect art works from damage and deteroriation.

They conduct archeological excavations to discover artifacts and artworks from ancient cultures that can be used for museum exhibits.

Degree(s): A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies 
Job Outlook: Employment of museum curators is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Public interest and museum attendance is expected to continue to be good. Graduates with highly specialized training, such as master's degrees in both library science and history, with a concentration in archives or records management and extensive computer skills, should have the best opportunities for jobs as museum curator.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $36,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Preparation for employment as a curator generally requires a master's degree or a doctorate degree and work experience as an intern in a museum. In most museums, a master's degree is adequate in the areas of science and art appropriate for the museum, although many natural history museums prefer a Ph.D. Earning two graduate degrees, that is, one in museum studies (museology) and one in a specialized subject gives you a competitive advantage.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.