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

  • $1,165 Weekly Pay
  • 6,700 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 55.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 35.7 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 82.8% female Gender Share

The number of Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 6,700 in 2017 to 6,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (55.4%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 35.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51.2%).
  • Gender: 82.8% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20077300
20086600
20095300
20106600
20116800
20125900
20136400
20146500
20159200
20167500
20176700
20226700

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Information Media and Telecommunications53.2
Education and Training36.8
Public Administration and Safety3.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.6
Other Industries4.1

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 2017, 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
NSW32.731.6
VIC29.226.2
QLD9.719.7
SA2.56.7
WA19.610.8
TAS4.62.0
NT0.61.1
ACT1.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-245.8-9.99.9
25-3426.1-23.623.6
35-4416.9-21.721.7
45-5420.8-20.820.8
55-5915.5-8.88.8
60-647.9-6.06.0
65 and Over7.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4031.00 - Library Technicians.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4031.00 - Library Technicians.

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