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Curator/Educator at a Museum or a Science Center


Curators can work in museums, historical sites, governments, colleges and universities, and other institutions. Most (42%) work for museums or historical sites. You will likely work full-time. Your duties may be dependent on the size of your institution. For example, if you work for a smaller institution, you may experience a lot of desk work while, in a larger institution, you may work with the public providing educational services. You may also have the chance to travel. Curators often manage or conduct research projects for their institutions.


Master’s degree required. Experience via internships or volunteer work is helpful.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment to grow at a rate of 9% from 2018 through 2028, which is faster than average. As of May 2018, median income for curators is $48,400 per year or $23.27 per hour. Expect strong competition for positions.

New York, California, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania (respectively) have the highest levels of employment in the U.S. for curators. The District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Massechusets, and California (respectively) are the top paying states in the U.S. for curators.

Important Qualities

It will help you in this occupation to have good analytical skills, customer service skills, and organizational skills.