Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+12.6% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Curators Do

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.

Other Job Titles Curators May Have

Collections Curator, Collections Manager, Curator, Education Curator, Exhibitions Curator, Exhibits Curator, Museum Curator, Photography Curator, Vertebrate Zoology Curator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Curator ,

NSA Cryptological Museum

My main goal going into work every day is to help people understand the critical role the making and breaking of codes have played throughout history and to (hopefully) help them develop an appreciation for the importance of the agency's mission. I manage our collection of thousands of artifacts and ensure they are presented to the public thoughtfully and accurately. I also oversee our team of docents and volunteers who lead tours and interact with visitors.

ArtPower! Film Curator ,

University of California, San Diego

My work days usually consists of meetings with campus and community partners, goal setting or reaching goals, creative time to map out plans, going to film festivals to find great films, web research on films, festivals, and more!

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

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

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