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The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that the career of museum technician will grow much faster than the average through 2018, though the career is not necessarily growing within the museum industry. Competition for jobs will be keen as there are usually far more candidates than available positions. Freelance technicians may have better odds of securing work. As museums continue to address budget difficulties, many may choose not to retain a large staff of technicians throughout the year, but instead contract with independent exhibition and design companies on a short-term basis when there is the need to install a new exhibit. Private industry and for-profit companies have continued to grow while federally funded nonprofit museums may experience either a reduction of staff or limited hiring of new employees.