Museum Tech

Museum technicians sometimes called “museum registrars” or “conservators” provide assistance to museum curators and other museum staff. The tasks they perform are both clerical and administrative nature but they must also be knowledgeable about how to maintain the items and artifacts that are acquired or maintained by the institution that employs them. They work for museums zoos federal state government agencies historical sites and universities. According to the website www.ehow.com the tasks for which they are responsible include organizing and keeping up the archives on artifacts owned by an institution. They often assist curators in repairing damage or in the procedures necessary for preserving valuable objects. In addition they help with preparing displays when artifacts are to be exhibited so they may have to lift and place heavy objects. Once a display is finalized they check on it periodically to make sure items are kept secure and dust-free. They may also help create brochures and other museum literature as well as coordinate and participate in education programs for the museum. Many museum technicians are expected to communicate with the public by answering questions about items in a display. Aspiring museum technicians need at least an associate’s degree in museum studies or art history. However most employers prefer museum technicians to have a bachelor’s degree in art history or science as well as some knowledge about artifact preservation. Once hired museum technicians usually take continuing education courses to update their knowledge and skills. The salaries museum technicians earn depend on employer location and level of experience. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual salary for museum technicians is approximately $37000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $37000
High Salary: $42000
Low Salary: $32000
Tasks: Helps acquire and maintain museum items.
Prepares museum displays.
Examines museum pieces.
Assists in repairing and restoring artifacts.
Also Called: Museum Registrar
Conservator
Assistant Curator
Museum Administrative Assistant
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6527809_museum-technician-job-description.html
http://www.degreefinders.com/education-articles/careers/how-to-become-a-museum-technician.html
http://www.iseek.org/careers/careerDetail?id=8&oc=100385