How to become a Museum Attendant

Museum attendants work in the public spaces of museums, greeting visitors and attending to enquiries, and ensuring the protection of exhibits.

Personal requirements of a Museum Attendant

  • Interested in museums or art galleries
  • Able to process large amounts of information
  • Outgoing and friendly nature
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to handle groups of people with ease

Education & Training for a Museum Attendant

You can work as a museum attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Employers usually prefer those who can demonstrate a genuine interest in the collection. Carrying out volunteer work may improve employment prospects. You can also become a museum attendant through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 4.6%

NSW 35.5%

NT 2.7%

QLD 28.9%

SA 1.5%

TAS 6.6%

VIC 15.6%

WA 4.5%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 48.8%

Female 51.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 22.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 35.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 35.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 44.5%

Above 35 years: 53.9%

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

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