Museum Technician and Conservator

Career Overview

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.


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!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$23,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$83,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • History
  • Science - as much as possible, including psychology!
Work Environment

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

Future Outlook

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