Gallery or Museum Curators plan and organise gallery or museum collections by drafting collection policies and arranging acquisitions of pieces.

    A bachelor degree in arts or science majoring in a relevant area is needed to work as a Gallery or Museum Curator. Many Gallery and Museum Curators complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Plans and organises the acquisition and display of material.
    • Arranges the layout and lighting of historical, scientific or art displays.
    • Researches items in displays and produces publications, delivers public lecturers and initiates exhibitions.
    • Identifies and classifies specimens and objects, and arranges restoration work.
    • Examines items and arranges examinations to determine condition and authenticity.
    • Manages organisations' central records systems.

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    • $1,812 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Gallery and Museum Curators

    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 67% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 68% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Gallery and Museum Curators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Gallery and Museum Curators work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (67%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 68% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Arts and Recreation Services68.2
    Public Administration and Safety11.9
    Education and Training9.0
    Information Media and Telecommunications3.9
    Other Industries7.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateGallery and Museum CuratorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.931.6
    VIC27.125.6
    QLD11.120.0
    SA6.37.0
    WA9.910.8
    TAS4.32.0
    NT1.91.0
    ACT12.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketGallery and Museum CuratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.3-9.39.3
    25-3418.0-22.922.9
    35-4426.5-22.022.0
    45-5428.0-21.621.6
    55-5912.2-9.09.0
    60-647.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationGallery and Museum CuratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate55.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree31.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV2.4-21.121.1
    Year 124.2-18.118.1
    Year 110.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in arts or science majoring in a relevant area is needed to work as a Gallery or Museum Curator. Many Gallery and Museum Curators complete postgraduate studies.

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    Employers look for Archivists, Curators and Records Managers who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and who can work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. English Language

      77% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      74% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. History and Archeology

      72% Skill level

      Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

    4. Fine Arts

      63% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    5. Clerical

      61% Skill level

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

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      99% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      93% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Contact With Others

      88% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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