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Conservators

ANZSCO ID 234911

Overview

All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

  • $2,094 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Conservators

  • 460 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 67% female Gender Share

Conservators plan and organise the conservation of materials and objects in libraries, archives, museums, art galleries and other institutions.

Specialisations: Art Conservator.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in heritage, museums and conservation or cultural materials conservation to work as a Conservator.

Tasks
  • Researches history of items.
  • Analyses and test items to determine the material they are made of, their condition, and to confirm their identification and authenticity.
  • Consults with curators, owners or custodians about items.
  • Takes photographs of items before and after treatments.
  • Chooses the best method of treatment and treats items.
  • Keeps records of all decisions and the results of any treatments carried out.
  • Is involved in the disaster recovery of items (treating items that are water damaged).
  • Researches aspects of conservation such as the materials and techniques used to create a group of artefacts.
  • Ensure items going on exhibition are in good condition.
  • Advises staff or collectors on how to best care for artefacts, including how to store, display and transport them.
  • May advise and consult with community groups, over the treatment of cultural artefacts.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in heritage, museums and conservation or cultural materials conservation to work as a Conservator.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Clerical

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Technical design

    50% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  8. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Engineering and technology

    46% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  10. Mechanical

    44% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Public safety and security

    44% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  13. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

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

  14. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  15. Communications and media

    39% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Physics

    35% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  18. Biology

    32% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  19. Building and construction

    31% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    31% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  2. Reading comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    50% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  5. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Speaking

    46% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  12. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Learning strategies

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Systems analysis

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  17. Negotiation

    36% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Quality control analysis

    36% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Operation monitoring

    32% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  5. Oral expression

    54% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  9. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Problem spotting

    48% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  15. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Originality

    45% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  19. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    63% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  9. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  10. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Researching and investigating

    60% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Communicating with the public

    57% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  15. Doing physically active work

    53% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    53% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  17. Making sense of information and ideas

    51% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  18. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    46% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Providing office support

    41% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Unstructured work

    93% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Contact with people

    81% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    74% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Letters and memos

    73% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Teamwork

    70% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  13. Spend time sitting

    68% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Contact with the public

    68% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  15. Time pressure

    67% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    64% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Competition

    61% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    60% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  20. Physically close to people

    60% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  5. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Creative

    57% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Analytical

    52% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

  • $2,094 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Conservators

  • 460 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 67% female Gender Share

Conservators plan and organise the conservation of materials and objects in libraries, archives, museums, art galleries and other institutions.

Specialisations: Art Conservator.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in heritage, museums and conservation or cultural materials conservation to work as a Conservator.

Tasks
  • Researches history of items.
  • Analyses and test items to determine the material they are made of, their condition, and to confirm their identification and authenticity.
  • Consults with curators, owners or custodians about items.
  • Takes photographs of items before and after treatments.
  • Chooses the best method of treatment and treats items.
  • Keeps records of all decisions and the results of any treatments carried out.
  • Is involved in the disaster recovery of items (treating items that are water damaged).
  • Researches aspects of conservation such as the materials and techniques used to create a group of artefacts.
  • Ensure items going on exhibition are in good condition.
  • Advises staff or collectors on how to best care for artefacts, including how to store, display and transport them.
  • May advise and consult with community groups, over the treatment of cultural artefacts.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in heritage, museums and conservation or cultural materials conservation to work as a Conservator.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Clerical

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Technical design

    50% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  8. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Engineering and technology

    46% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  10. Mechanical

    44% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Public safety and security

    44% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  13. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

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

  14. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  15. Communications and media

    39% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Physics

    35% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  18. Biology

    32% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  19. Building and construction

    31% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    31% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  2. Reading comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    50% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  5. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Speaking

    46% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  12. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Learning strategies

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Systems analysis

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  17. Negotiation

    36% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Quality control analysis

    36% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Operation monitoring

    32% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  5. Oral expression

    54% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  9. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Problem spotting

    48% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  15. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Originality

    45% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  19. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    63% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  9. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  10. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Researching and investigating

    60% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Communicating with the public

    57% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  15. Doing physically active work

    53% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    53% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  17. Making sense of information and ideas

    51% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  18. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    46% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Providing office support

    41% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Unstructured work

    93% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Contact with people

    81% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    74% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Letters and memos

    73% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Teamwork

    70% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  13. Spend time sitting

    68% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Contact with the public

    68% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  15. Time pressure

    67% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    64% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Competition

    61% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    60% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  20. Physically close to people

    60% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  5. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Creative

    57% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Analytical

    52% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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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