How to become a Museum Officer

Museum Officer

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

Personal requirements for 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.

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Museum Officer

Museum officers:

  • Clean fossil specimens, mould and restore skeletal parts, construct skeletal mounts, re-assemble fragmented specimens and create substitute pieces
  • Construct models and make castings or moulds of artefacts and objects for display purposes
  • Mount and prepare objects for display according to conservation requirements
  • Design and build display cases, mounts and other exhibition presentation devices
  • Design, prepare and install display hardware
  • Receive, ship, pack and unpack exhibits
  • Maintain museum files
  • Supervise and assist other workers in the cleaning, cataloguing, labelling and storing of specimens.


  • Receiving, shipping, packing and unpacking exhibits
  • Entering data into databases and editing computer records
  • Cataloguing printed and recorded material
  • Mounting and preparing objects for display
  • Designing and arranging exhibit furnishings, display cases and display areas
  • Ordering new library materials and maintaining library records and circulation systems
  • Assisting in setting up lighting and display equipment
  • Operating audiovisual and reprographic equipment
  • Searching and verifying bibliographic data

Working conditions for a Museum Officer

Museum officers work mainly indoors, although extensive fieldwork may be required in some areas.

Employment Opportunities for a Museum Officer

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.


Museum Education Officer

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.

Museum Officer

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

  • Average age
    Average age
    51 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    86% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    38 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    High skill
  • Unemployment
    Average unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    45% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    6,600 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 2.2%
    NSW: 20.1%
    NT: 0.9%
    QLD: 10.6%
    SA: 7.2%
    TAS: 5.0%
    VIC: 31.4%
    WA: 22.6%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 0.4%
    20-24: 2.9%
    25-34: 10.9%
    35-44: 17.5%
    45-54: 31.1%
    55-59: 18.9%
    60-64: 12.6%
    65 and Over: 5.8%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 39%
    Bachelor degree: 19.7%
    Certificate III/IV: 10.5%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 10.5%
    Year 10 and below: 5.3%
    Year 11: 4.4%
    Year 12: 10.6%
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