Gallery and Museum Curators
Gallery or Museum Curators plan and organise gallery or museum collections by drafting collection policies and arranging acquisitions of pieces.
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.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Archivists, Curators and Records Managers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 67% of people employed as Gallery and Museum Curators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Gallery and Museum Curators work in the Arts and recreation services industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Gallery and Museum Curators||All Jobs Average|
Around 79% of Gallery and Museum Curators live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Gallery and Museum Curators is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 68% of the workforce. This is 20 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Gallery and Museum Curators||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||6.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in arts or science is needed to work as a Gallery or Museum Curator. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Gallery and Museum Curators||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||55.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.6||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
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.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
55%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
54%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
54%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
54%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
50%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Teaching people how to do something.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
74%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
72%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
60%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
60%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
59%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
55%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
53%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
49%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
48%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
43%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
36%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
33%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
31%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Write in a way that people can understand.
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are far away.
54%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
85%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
83%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
80%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
79%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
79%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
76%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
75%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
74%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
72%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
70%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
70%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
69%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
69%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
63%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
61%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
59%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
56%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
48%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
45%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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.
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.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
86%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
85%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
83%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
82%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
82%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work with people in a group or team.
76%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
76%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
74%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
71%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
71%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
59%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
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