How to become a Museum Officer

Museum officers prepare specimens for collections, and construct and arrange museum and art gallery exhibits.

Personal requirements of a Museum Officer

  • Patient, with a methodical approach to work
  • Able to pay attention to detail
  • Aptitude for design

Education & Training for a Museum Officer

You can work as a museum officer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have relevant volunteer experience or qualifications and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a museum officer through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.2%

NSW 18.1%

NT 1.6%

QLD 5.4%

SA 8.6%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 35%

WA 28.8%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 13%

Female 87.1%

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: 27.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 40.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.1%

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

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 23.4%

Above 35 years: 80.4%

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

Additional Information
Most public galleries, museums and National Trust properties have volunteer programs, which usually include training and practical experience. Contact the volunteer coordinator at the organisations you are interested in for details.
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