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.

    You usually need a formal qualification in library and information services or another related field to work as a Gallery, Library or Museum Technician. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians.

    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

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    All Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

    All Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

    • $1,346 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 6,600 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 45% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 38 hours Average full-time
    • 51 years Average age
    • 86% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 6,600 in 2018 to 6,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,346 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (45%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (68%).
    • Gender: 86% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20086600
    20095300
    20106600
    20116800
    20125900
    20136400
    20146600
    20159300
    20167600
    20176600
    20186600
    20236300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings13461460

    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)
    Education and Training46.9
    Public Administration and Safety28.0
    Information Media and Telecommunications19.3
    Arts and Recreation Services2.2
    Other Industries3.6

    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, Library and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW20.131.6
    VIC31.425.6
    QLD10.620.0
    SA7.27.0
    WA22.610.8
    TAS5.02.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT2.21.9

    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, Library and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-242.9-9.39.3
    25-3410.9-22.922.9
    35-4417.5-22.022.0
    45-5431.1-21.621.6
    55-5918.9-9.09.0
    60-6412.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

    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, Library and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree19.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma39.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.5-21.121.1
    Year 1210.6-18.118.1
    Year 114.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.3-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in library and information services or another related field to work as a Gallery, Library or Museum Technician. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians.

    Membership with The Australian Museums and Galleries Association or the Australian Library and Information Association may be useful.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      71% Skill level

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

    2. Computers and Electronics

      67% Skill level

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

    3. English Language

      53% Skill level

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

    4. Education and Training

      46% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      45% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      99% Important

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

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

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

    3. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    4. Telephone

      96% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Contact With Others

      90% Important

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

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