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ERIC Number: EJ887928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
Museum Work: Put Your Skills on Exhibit
Torpey, Elka Maria
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v54 n2 p2-12 Sum 2010
More than 200,000 people worked in the museum industry in May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A museum hires workers in a variety of occupations to help share its treasures with the public. BLS data also show that workers in the museum industry had a median annual wage of $27,456 in May 2008, less than the annual median of $32,390 for all U.S. workers. This article explores the dedication of the workers in the industry, revealing why people enjoy working in museums and what their career options are. The first section describes the museum industry. The second section talks about three categories of museum work: (1) collections management and care; (2) exhibit design; and (3) education. Other sections describe museum occupations and the skills, training, and experience workers need to do their jobs. A final section suggests sources for finding more information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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