Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians prepare artworks, specimens and artefacts for collections, arrange and construct gallery exhibits, and assist Librarians to organise and operate systems for handling recorded material and files.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

Tasks

  • mounting and preparing objects for display
  • designing and arranging exhibit furnishings, display cases and display areas
  • assisting in setting up lighting and display equipment
  • receiving, shipping, packing and unpacking exhibits
  • ordering new library materials and maintaining library records and circulation systems
  • cataloguing printed and recorded material
  • entering data into databases and editing computer records
  • operating audiovisual and reprographic equipment
  • searching and verifying bibliographic data

Job Titles

  • Gallery or Museum Technician
  • Library Technician
  • Gallery or Museum Technician

    Prepares artworks, specimens and artefacts for collections, and arranges and constructs gallery or museum exhibits.

    Specialisations: Taxidermist

  • Library Technician

    Assists Librarians and other information managers in organising and operating systems for handling recorded material and files.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,165 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    11000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    10.2%
  • Female Share

    89.8%
  • Full-Time Share

    48.9%

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This is a small occupation employing 11,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia have a large share of Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians.
  • They mainly work in: Education and Training; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,165 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 54 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20056700
20069700
20076900
20087100
20095800
20109400
20116700
20125500
20137200
20149400
201511000
202011500

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsGallery, Library and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11651230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryGallery, Library and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time48.968.4
Part-time51.131.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.940

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training48.6
Information Media and Telecommunications41.2
Public Administration and Safety6.4
Health Care and Social Assistance1.6
Other Industries2.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGallery, Library and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW8.131.8
VIC34.825.5
QLD13.219.8
SA14.16.8
WA24.811.2
TAS3.42
NT0.91.1
ACT0.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGallery, Library and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.4-5.45.4
20-245.9-9.99.9
25-349.1-23.423.4
35-4411-21.721.7
45-5427.7-21.121.1
55-5919.6-8.78.7
60-6415.7-5.95.9
65 and Over5.7-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryGallery, Library and Museum TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males10.2Males53.6
Females89.8Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians who can interact well with others, are efficient and can communicate clearly.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Clerical

    83% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    82% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. English Language

    78% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    62% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Law and Government

    57% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    73% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  2. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    70% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    70% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Getting Information

    69% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Processing Information

    69% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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