Education Directors and Museum Teachers

Museum Teachers Provide Information at Gallery

Museums, zoos, and botanical gardens are visited by people who come to learn and observe. Education directors, or curators of education, help these people enrich their visits. Education directors plan, develop, and administer educational programs at museums and other similar institutions. They plan tours, lectures, and classes for individuals, school groups, and special interest groups. 

Museum teachers, also known as museum educators, are hired by directors to provide information, share insight, and offer explanations of exhibits. Direct communication ranges from informal explanations at staff previews of a new exhibit, to addressing corporate donor groups, to assisting groups of schoolchildren. Museum teachers may write exhibit labels, prepare catalogs, or contribute to multimedia installations. Museum teachers also teach by demonstration, conducting studio classes, or leading field trips.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Curators of Education, Museum Educators
Duties Plan, develop, and administer educational programs at museums and other similar institutions (education directors); teach visitors about museum exhibits (museum teachers)
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Speech
Experience Substantial administration and/or education experience required
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Curator or Museum Executive
  • Education Director
  • Content Specialist
  • Museum Teacher or Resource Coordinator