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Curators

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.   (O'Net 25-4012.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Ancient Art Curator, Art Gallery Director, Asian Art Curator, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, Coin Collector, Collections and Archives Director, Collections Curator, Collections Manager, Content Curator, Curator, Curator of Collections, Curator of Education, Curator of Photography and Prints, Director of Collections and Archives, Director of Exhibit Development, Educational Institution Curator, Educational Resource Coordinator, Exhibitions and Collections Manager, Exhibitions Curator, Exhibits Curator, Exhibits Manager, Field Collector, Gallery Director, Herbarium Curator, Historic Site Administrator, Historic Sites Supervisor, Manager of Exhibitions and Collections, Modern and Contemporary Art Curator, Museum Curator, Museum Director, Museum or Zoo Director, Museum Registrar, Natural History Collections Curator, Natural Science Curator, Numismatist, Old Coin Dealer, Philatelist, Photography and Prints Curator, Prints and Drawings Curator, Research Associate, Stamp Collector
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 17.92   $ 22.82   $ 28.67   $ 34.71   $ 40.09   $ 29.01  
    Yearly $37,280   $47,480   $59,640   $72,210   $83,380   $60,350  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 21.06   $ 25.00   $ 29.57   $ 34.96   $ 38.47   $ 29.41  
    Yearly $43,810   $51,990   $61,510   $72,710   $80,020   $61,180  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 22.33   $ 26.15   $ 30.19   $ 43.04   $ 49.35   $ 33.72  
    Yearly $46,450   $54,390   $62,790   $89,520   $102,640   $70,130  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 51 55 0.8% 2
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions 45.9%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 19.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 8.3%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 8.2%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 6.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
  • Write and review grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
     
  • Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.
     
  • Confer with the board of directors to formulate and interpret policies, to determine budget requirements, and to plan overall operations.
     
  • Train and supervise curatorial, fiscal, technical, research, and clerical staff, as well as volunteers or interns.
     
  • Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic recordkeeping systems, using computer databases.
     
  • Negotiate and authorize purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.
     
  • Provide information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.
     
  • Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote use of institution's services, to seek financing, and to maintain community alliances.
     
  • Design, organize, or conduct tours, workshops, and instructional or educational sessions to acquaint individuals with an institution's facilities and materials.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • Administration and Management - 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.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - 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 - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - 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 - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
     
  • Clerical - 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.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
     
  • Geography - 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Listening - 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 - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - 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.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - 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.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies - Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Enterprising - 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 - 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 - 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Independence - 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.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators  updated June 2010
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
     
    • Museology/Museum Studies.
     
    • Public/Applied History.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Curators 
     

     
     
     
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