Education Directors and Museum Teachers

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.


Quick Facts
Duties Plan, develop, and administer educational programs at museums and other similar institutions (education directors); teach visitors about museum exhibits (museum teachers)
Alternate Title(s) Curators of Education, Museum Educators
Salary Range Below $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
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Speech
Experience Substantial administration and/or education experience required
Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Curator or Museum Executive
  • Education Director
  • Content Specialist
  • Museum Teacher or Resource Coordinator

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