Museum Technicians

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Museum technicians, also known as registrars, are skilled craftworkers who, using detailed plans supplied by designers and architects, build and set up various kinds of museum displays and fixtures. The role of museum technician varies depending on the needs of the employing museum and the skills of the technician. For example, a museum technician may work as an electrician, a carpenter, or an audiovisual equipment specialist. Planetarium technicians operate and maintain the complex sound and projection equipment used in planetarium shows and demonstrations. Approximately 10,750 museum technicians and conservators are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Archivists Technicians, Planetarium Technicians, Registrars
Duties Build and set up various kinds of museum displays and fixtures; prepare specimens for collections and exhibits
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; mostly in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship, part-time job, or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Exhibit Designer or Curator
  • Conservation Technician or Preparator
  • Experienced Museum Technician
  • Entry-Level Museum Technician