Museums and Cultural Centers

The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of curators is expected to increase about 20 to 28 percent, or faster than the average for all occupations, through 2020; archivists and exhibit designers are projected to experience average employment growth (10 percent to 19 percent); and museum technicians will have slower than average employment growth (3 percent to 9 percent). As museums focus on education and service to the community, public programs and education staff are likely to be somewhat protected. Archivists, especially those with expertise in electronic records management, will be in demand as public and private institutions require organization of and access to records and information. Opportunities for curators will be fueled by continued public interest in science, art, history, and technology. However, museums and other cultural institutions are often subject to funding cuts during recessions or periods of budget tightening.

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