Conservators and Conservation Technicians

Conservators analyze and assess the condition of artifacts and pieces of art, plan for the care of art collections, and carry out conservation treatments and programs. Conservators may be in private practice or work for museums, historical societies, or state institutions. When conserving artifacts or artwork, these professionals must select methods and materials that preserve and retain the original integrity of each piece. Conservators must be knowledgeable about the objects in their care, which may be natural objects, such as bones and fossils, or man-made objects, such as paintings, sculpture, paper, and metal.

Conservation technicians work under the supervision of conservators and complete maintenance work on the collection.

There are approximately 9,860 conservators and museum technicians employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Assess the condition of art and artifacts and carry out conservation treatments and programs (conservators); assist conservators in these tasks (conservation technicians)
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • History
Experience Internship
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Consultant, or Curator, or Appraiser
  • Conservator
  • Conservation Technician
  • Apprentice or Intern

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