How to become a Museum Curator

Museum curators look after, manage, organise, display and develop museum collections, and conduct related research. Museum curators usually specialise in a broad discipline, such as anthropology, art, decorative arts, natural history, social history, science or technology. Within that discipline they are generally recognised as authorities on one or more specific subject areas.

Personal requirements of a Museum Curator

  • Appreciation of the history of science, the environment or the arts
  • Patient
  • Able to pay attention to detail
  • An objective, methodical approach to work
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • A good imagination
  • Aptitude for research

Education & Training for a Museum Curator

To become a museum curator you usually have to complete an arts or science degree at university with a major in a relevant area, such as anthropology, archaeology, fine arts, history, cultural studies, astronomy, biology or environmental science (preferably at honours level), followed by a postgraduate qualification in museum studies, curatorship or cultural heritage management. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree and may require previous museum experience. 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

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Future growth:

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Employment by state:

ACT 8.2%

NSW 23.4%

NT 2.8%

QLD 16.7%

SA 8.3%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 31.9%

WA 6.6%

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Gender split:

Male 22.7%

Female 77.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 22%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 30.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 32.9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 22.4%

Above 35 years: 76.3%

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

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