Librarians select, develop, organize, and maintain library collections and provide advisory services for users. They perform manual/on-line reference searches, arrange inter-library loans, and supervise technicians, assistants, and clerks. They may specialize in particular collections or work in information management areas such as maintaining websites or providing training in Internet resources.
Archivists manage, process, store, and disseminate information contained in an organization's archives. They acquire, store, and research historical documents, photographs, and maps as well as audio-visual and other materials. They develop policies/procedures and design programs to manage, store, and retrieve current/semi-current archives.
Conservators restore and conserve paintings, photographs, sculptures, furniture, pottery, and other works of art/antiquity. They provide consultation to museums, art galleries, and individuals, and supervise conservation technicians/other museum technicians. They may specialize in a particular conservation field.
Curators recommend the acquisition of paintings, photographs, sculptures, documents, and other museum/gallery artifacts. They research the origin/history of artifacts, develop the storyline/theme of displays/exhibitions, and supervise curatorial assistants/other museum technicians. They may specialize in particular collections.
1. Information and cultural industries - 53.0%
2. Public administration - 13.0%
3. Arts entertainment and recreation - 11.0%
4. Educational services - 7.0%
1. You usually need a university degree.
2. To be a librarian, you need a master's degree in library science.
3. To be an archivist, you need a bachelor's degree with either a minor in archival studies or a certificate in archival studies. You may also need a master's degree in archival studies, archival studies and information science, library science or history.
4. To be a conservator, you need a master's degree in art conservation or a college diploma in conservation technology and several years' experience in conservation work.
5. To be a curator, you must have a bachelor's or master's degree in museology, art history or a field related to your area of work.
6. Most recent entrants have a graduate degree.
3. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Librarians, Archivists, Conservators and Curators is $22.65/HR, which is above average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are below average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.