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Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

    Work Activities
    • Plan and organize the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections and related materials, including the selection of exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.
    • Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic record-keeping systems, using computer databases.
    • Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.
    • Provide information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.
    • Negotiate and authorize purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.
    • Study, examine, and test acquisitions to authenticate their origin, composition, history, and to assess their current value.
    • Inspect premises to assess the need for repairs and to ensure that climate and pest control issues are addressed.
    • Design, organize, or conduct tours, workshops, and instructional or educational sessions to acquaint individuals with an institution's facilities and materials.
    • Write and review grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
    • Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote use of institution's services, to seek financing, and to maintain community alliances.
    • Train and supervise curatorial, fiscal, technical, research, and clerical staff, as well as volunteers or interns.
    • Confer with the board of directors to formulate and interpret policies, to determine budget requirements, and to plan overall operations.
    • Arrange insurance coverage for objects on loan or for special exhibits and recommend changes in coverage for the entire collection.
    • Schedule events and organize details, including refreshment, entertainment, decorations, and the collection of any fees.
    • Establish specifications for reproductions and oversee their manufacture or select items from commercially available replica sources.
    Skills
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $49,470/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $23.78/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 510
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Leadership
    Tools
    • Utility knives
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    • Scanners
    • Levels
    • Claw hammer
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    Tags
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