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Curators

Also called: Collections Curator, Collections Manager, Curator, Museum Curator

What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic record-keeping systems, using computer databases.
  • Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
Business
  • management
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • sociology and anthropology
  • geography
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • group things in different ways

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Leadership

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • FileMaker Pro Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Project management software
  • Eloquent Systems Eloquent
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
  • Graphics software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$53,770
$29,210
$94,880
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