Museum Attendants

Museum attendants monitor exhibits, inform and guide visitors, and facilitate interactions between visitors and exhibits. They are the foremost representatives of the museum to the visiting public. The precise duties of a museum attendant vary with the needs of the museum and the specific job title. At some institutions, volunteers rather than employees may fulfill the duties of attendants. At others, attendants may function part time in other areas of museum operations, such as in shipping and receiving, as sales clerks, or as library aides. In small museums, an attendant's duties may merge with those of the professional staff; in the smallest museums, the attendant may also be the director.


Quick Facts
Duties Monitor museum exhibits, inform and guide visitors, and facilitate interactions between visitors and exhibits
Alternate Title(s) Docents, Museum Aides, Museum Explainers, Museum Guides
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • History
Experience None
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Education Specialist
  • Museum Attendant
  • Museum Volunteer