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What is it like to be a Curator? 

Curators are in charge of a collection of exhibits within institutions such as museums, government facilities and universities. They are responsible for developing ways in which objects, archives and artworks can be interpreted, through exhibitions, publications, events and audio-visual presentations.

Their work involves buying exhibits, organising exhibitions, arranging restoration of artefacts, organising loans and dealing with enquiries, among many other tasks. Curators work with colleagues in areas such as conservation, education, design and marketing.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. This data is reflective of employment levels for archivists, curators and record managers. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment Survey, August 2015.

Is it right for me?

As a curator, you have the ability to organise, present and communicate messages effectively through design. You also possess the following traits;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment

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