Also known as Collections Curator, Collections Manager, Curator, Education Curator, Exhibitions Curator, Exhibits Curator, Museum Curator, Photography Curator, Vertebrate Zoology Curator
Also known as Collections Curator, Collections Manager, Curator
Curators administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions.
In addition, Curators may conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
Curators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Curators. More generally, Curators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Curator is $56,990, and the average salary is $61,650. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Curator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Curators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Curators earn less than $33,370 per year, 25% earn less than $43,420, 75% earn less than $76,330, and 90% earn less than $96,820.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Curators is expected to change by 21.6%, and there should be roughly 1,900 open positions for Curators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Curator are usually higher in their Enterprising, Conventional, and Investigative interests.
Curators typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Curators typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Curators typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Curators typically have moderate Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Curator tend to value Independence, Achievement, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Curators very strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Curators strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Lastly, Curators strongly value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Curators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as initiative, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Curators, ranked by importance:
Many Curators have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Curators may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Curators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as history and archeology, fine arts, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Curators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Curators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Curators need abilities such as oral comprehension, written comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Curators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Curators frequently use skills like reading comprehension, speaking, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Curators, ranked by their relative importance.
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