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Occupational Employment Statistics


25-4013 Museum Technicians and Conservators

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 205$19.37/hr$11.42/hr$14.46/hr$15.11/hr$25.31/hr$27.87/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health ServicesN/A$32.52/hr
Leisure and Hospitality120$18.42/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/A$22.49/hr25.9%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota 10$14.54/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 10$19.25/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$23.51/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$15.11/hr6.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 90$22.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 150$19.20/hr26.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Costume Attendants 170$23.66/hr57.8%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 300$85,577.48/yr6.7%
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance N/AN/AN/A

  • Specialize in particular materials or types of object, such as documents and books, paintings, decorative arts, textiles, metals, or architectural materials.
  • Classify and assign registration numbers to artifacts and supervise inventory control.
  • Prepare reports on the operation of conservation laboratories, documenting the condition of artifacts, treatment options, and the methods of preservation and repair used.
  • Coordinate exhibit installations, assisting with design, constructing displays, dioramas, display cases, and models, and ensuring the availability of necessary materials.
  • Clean objects, such as paper, textiles, wood, metal, glass, rock, pottery, and furniture, using cleansers, solvents, soap solutions, and polishes.
  • Photograph objects for documentation.
  • Enter information about museum collections into computer databases.
  • Repair, restore, and reassemble artifacts, designing and fabricating missing or broken parts, to restore them to their original appearance and prevent deterioration.
  • Install, arrange, assemble, and prepare artifacts for exhibition, ensuring the artifacts' safety, reporting their status and condition, and identifying and correcting any problems with the set up.
  • Study object documentation or conduct standard chemical and physical tests to ascertain the object's age, composition, original appearance, need for treatment or restoration, and appropriate preservation method.