Conservators and Conservation Technicians
Conservators analyze and assess the condition of artifacts and pieces of art, plan for the care of art collections, and carry out conservation treatments and programs. Conservators may be in private practice or work for museums, historical societies, or state institutions. When conserving artifacts or artwork, these professionals must select methods and materials that preserve and retain the original integrity of each piece. Conservators must be knowledgeable about the objects in their care, which may be natural objects, such as bon...
Minimum Education Level
Salaries for conservators vary greatly depending on the level of experience, chosen specialty, region, job description, and employer. The median annual wage for archivists, curators, and museum workers, which includes conservators and conservation technicians, was $43,020 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,430, and the top 10 percent earned more than $74,84...
Conservation work may be conducted indoors, in laboratories, or in an outdoor setting. Conservators typically work 40–60 hours per week depending on exhibition schedules and deadlines, as well as the number and condition of unstable objects in their collections. Because some conservation tasks and techniques involve the use of toxic chemicals, laboratories are equipped with ventilation systems....
Employment of conservators and museum technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It says that "public interest in science, art, history, and technology is expected to spur some demand for museum technicians and conservators." Employment growth will vary by specialty. Competition for these ...