Curators

Overview
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Experience

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Education

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Job Training

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Examples

These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.

Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $33K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $43K
Median Salary: $56K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $76K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $96K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Plan and organize the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections and related materials, including the selection of exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.

Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic record-keeping systems, using computer databases.

Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.

Provide information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.

Inspect premises to assess the need for repairs and to ensure that climate and pest control issues are addressed.

Negotiate and authorize purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.

Study, examine, and test acquisitions to authenticate their origin, composition, history, and to assess their current value.

Design, organize, or conduct tours, workshops, and instructional or educational sessions to acquaint individuals with an institution's facilities and materials.

Write and review grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.

Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote use of institution's services, to seek financing, and to maintain community alliances.

Train and supervise curatorial, fiscal, technical, research, and clerical staff, as well as volunteers or interns.

Confer with the board of directors to formulate and interpret policies, to determine budget requirements, and to plan overall operations.

Arrange insurance coverage for objects on loan or for special exhibits and recommend changes in coverage for the entire collection.

Schedule events and organize details, including refreshment, entertainment, decorations, and the collection of any fees.

Establish specifications for reproductions and oversee their manufacture or select items from commercially available replica sources.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
SAS software
Calendar and scheduling software
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Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD
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Document management software
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Electronic mail software
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Graphics or photo imaging software
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Internet browser software
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Operating system software
Linux
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
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Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Web page creation and editing software
Facebook
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Arts and crafts equipment and accessories and supplies
Mat cutters
Communications Devices and Accessories
Two way radios
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Scanners
Hand tools
Power drills
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Light meters
Office and desk accessories
T squares
Paints and primers and finishes
Paint brushes
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Digital cameras
Top 10 Knowledge Required
English Language
92%
Importance

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

History and Archeology
91%
Importance

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Fine Arts
76%
Importance

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Administration and Management
67%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Sociology and Anthropology
66%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Communications and Media
64%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Clerical
63%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Customer and Personal Service
62%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Education and Training
62%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Geography
62%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Top 10 Skills
Reading Comprehension
80%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking
80%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening
78%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing
78%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking
75%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving
73%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning
70%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Judgment and Decision Making
70%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring
68%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Systems Analysis
68%
Importance

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Deductive Reasoning
78%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Near Vision
78%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Written Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Category Flexibility
75%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Inductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Speech Clarity
75%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Problem Sensitivity
73%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Top 10 Work Activities
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
91%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Documenting/Recording Information
90%
Importance

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

Getting Information
89%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Thinking Creatively
87%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
85%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
83%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
81%
Importance

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
81%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
81%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Interacting With Computers
80%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Detailed Work Activities

Construct exhibits or parts of exhibits.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Develop library or archival databases.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Provide information to the general public.

Negotiate purchases or contracts.

Evaluate characteristics of archival or historical objects.

Evaluate scholarly materials.

Write grant proposals.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Train staff members.

Direct activities of subordinates.

Confer with others to conduct or arrange operational activities.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Telephone

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Structured versus Unstructured Work

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Freedom to Make Decisions

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Work With Work Group or Team

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Deal With External Customers

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Contact With Others

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Coordinate or Lead Others

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Education
Majors
Major
Museology/Museum Studies
Digital Humanities and Textual Studies, General
Digital Humanities
Textual Studies
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Public/Applied History
Interests
Enterprising
91%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Conventional
81%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Artistic
58%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Investigative
58%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Social
48%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Realistic
34%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Attention to Detail
94%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Initiative
94%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Integrity
91%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Dependability
89%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Cooperation
87%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Leadership
87%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Analytical Thinking
86%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Independence
85%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Persistence
85%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Innovation
82%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values
Independence
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Working Conditions
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
58%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
48%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.