How to become a Cultural Heritage Officer

Cultural heritage officers are involved in the identification, assessment, conservation and interpretation of places and objects that have cultural heritage value.

Personal requirements of a Cultural Heritage Officer

  • Interest in objects, events, places and practices of the past and their significance for the present and the future
  • An inquiring mind and a capacity for detailed observation and accurate research
  • Good written communication skills
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Interest in other people and cultures
  • Able to prioritise and work under time constraints

Education & Training for a Cultural Heritage Officer

To become a cultural heritage officer you usually have to complete an arts or science degree at university with a major in cultural heritage studies, history, Indigenous studies, Australian studies, anthropology or archaeology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$702

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 24%

NT 4%

QLD 19.6%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2%

VIC 38.5%

WA 5.4%

Hours worked:

35.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 36%

Female 64%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 23.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 17.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 42.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 16.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 38%

Above 35 years: 58%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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