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.
Related job titles:
Exhibitions Curator, Collections Manager, Curator, Curator of Collections, Curator of Education, Museum Curator, Collections Curator, Associate Curator, Exhibits Curator, Gallery Director
Annual Median Wage: $48,800
Projected growth: Faster than average (20% to 28%)
Plan and organize the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections and related materials, including the selection of exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.
Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.
Write and review grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
Confer with the board of directors to formulate and interpret policies, to determine budget requirements, and to plan overall operations.
Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic recordkeeping systems, using computer databases.
Train and supervise curatorial, fiscal, technical, research, and clerical staff, as well as volunteers or interns.
Negotiate and authorize purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.
Provide information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.
Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote use of institution's services, to seek financing, and to maintain community alliances.
Inspect premises to assess the need for repairs and to ensure that climate and pest-control issues are addressed.
Design, organize, or conduct tours, workshops, and instructional or educational sessions to acquaint individuals with an institution's facilities and materials.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Urban and Regional Planners
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