Museum Technician and Conservator

What Does A Museum Technician and Conservator Do?

Museum technicians and conservators restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. They may work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, artifacts, textiles, or art.

How Do I Become A Museum Technician and Conservator?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in history, art history, archaeology, or a related field is necessary to obtain one of these positions. Some organizations may require a master’s degree in a related field which would likely take another two-three years to earn. A higher degree will always lead to more opportunity!

What is the Average Salary For A Museum Technician and Conservator?

High – 83,000
Median – 50,000
Low – 23,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Museum Technician and Conservator?

  • Science – As much as possible, including psychology!
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible
  • Math
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • History

What Is The Work Environment For A Museum Technician and Conservator?

Museum technicians and conservators typically work in museums and historical sites or for governments, colleges, and universities.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Museum Technician and Conservator?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada