Gallery or Museum Technicians prepare artworks, specimens and artefacts for collections, and arrange and construct gallery or museum exhibits.

Specialisations: Taxidermist.

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

Tasks

  • Mounts and prepares objects for display.
  • Designs and arranges exhibit furnishings, display cases and display areas.
  • Assists in setting up lighting and display equipment.
  • Receives, ships, packs and unpacks exhibits.

More about Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

All Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

  • $1,346 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Gallery and Museum Technicians

  • 220 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 32% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Gallery and Museum Technicians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 200 in 2011 to 220 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Gallery and Museum Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 32% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Services61.9
Manufacturing16.2
Public Administration and Safety9.1
Education and Training7.6
Other Industries5.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: 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 TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW26.431.6
VIC28.225.6
QLD17.620.0
SA3.57.0
WA6.210.8
TAS9.72.0
NT0.01.0
ACT8.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGallery and Museum TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.05.0
20-245.6-9.39.3
25-3420.7-22.922.9
35-4427.7-22.022.0
45-5425.4-21.621.6
55-597.5-9.09.0
60-648.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate17.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree39.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.5-21.121.1
Year 1210.5-18.118.1
Year 113.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.0-12.512.5

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

Membership with The Australian Museums and Galleries Association may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • 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.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    70% Skill level

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

  2. History and Archeology

    65% Skill level

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

  3. Fine Arts

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Chemistry

    64% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    61% Skill level

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

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4013.00 - Museum Technicians and Conservators.

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Demands

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

  1. Electronic Mail

    95% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    93% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    92% Important

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

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    92% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Telephone

    89% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4013.00 - Museum Technicians and Conservators.

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