Museum officers prepare specimens for collections, and construct and arrange museum and art gallery exhibits.
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. You may like to consider a VET qualification in information and cultural services; library, information and cultural services; or library and information services. 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 in Information and Cultural Services; Library, Information and Cultural Services; or Library and Information Services. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. You could also consider completing a relevant bachelor degree at university. See the separate entry for Museum Curator for further information.
Museum officers may perform the following tasks:
Museum officers work mainly indoors, although extensive fieldwork may be required in some areas.
Higher positions such as senior museum officer are filled by advertisement, and competition for vacancies is strong. Appointment to a particular level will depend on qualifications and experience. See the separate entry for Conservator for further information.
A museum education officer initiates, develops and administers special programmes to inform and educate visiting school groups and other members of the public about the collections and exhibitions. Education officers may also organise and travel with mobile exhibitions to suburban or country areas. Education officers often combine previous career experience in education, learning or community development work with a career in museums.