Exhibit Designers

Exhibit designers plan, develop, and produce physical displays for exhibitions at museums and similar institutions. They work closely with museum directors, educators, curators, and conservators to create educational exhibits that focus on portions of a museum's collection while maintaining secure and safe environmental conditions for the objects on display. Exhibit designers prepare both temporary and permanent exhibitions for a broad range of museum audiences. There are approximately 9,750 set and exhibit designers working in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Plan, develop, and produce physical displays for exhibitions at museums and similar institutions
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
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
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • History
Experience Internship; part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Helpful
Skills
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Exhibitions, or Collections Manager, or Curator
  • Lead Designer
  • Exhibit Designer

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