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Curator Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 13,100 Curators in the United States. The Curator job market is expected to grow by 8.0% between 2014 and 2024.

Curator Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Curators with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 5,100 Curators. That number is based on 1,000 additional Curators, and the retirement of 4,100 existing Curators.

Demand for Curators

Competition for curator positions will continue to be extremely competitive, as the field has a low turnover rate and there are generally more qualified applicants on the market than there are available jobs. Art and history museums are expected to remain the largest employers of curators. Reductions in federal funding, however, may affect expansion and construction of museums and thereby result in fewer openings. In the long term, though, continued public interest in cultural centres and museums will lead to demand for curators to manage their collections. Experience as a museum technician, assistant curator, or research associate is a common career track for curators. Sought-after qualifications for full-time roles include skills in collection management, exhibit design, or restoration; database management; and fundraising and promotion. Job candidates who are comfortable working with digital images and knowledgeable about copyright law further enhance their employability. Those with foreign language skills may have an added advantage. In general, gaining relevant work experience as a volunteer, intern, or part-time employee is essential for securing a permanent position. Curators who perform unique research and produce work that is published in academic journals will be best positioned for advancement with large institutions. Museum curators, for example, may become museum directors.

Supply of Curators

The Curator industry is concentrated in New York, California, and Massachusetts.

Curator Job Market by State

State name Employed Curators
New York 1,310
California 1,020
Massachusetts 590
Texas 540
Pennsylvania 540
Ohio 510
North Carolina 490
Virginia 380
Illinois 370
Florida 360
Washington 290
Michigan 290
Colorado 270
Wisconsin 250
Arizona 250
Connecticut 200
Minnesota 200
Georgia 200
Louisiana 170
Tennessee 160
Missouri 150
Indiana 150
Iowa 140
Oregon 140
Kansas 130
District of Columbia 130
New Mexico 120
New Jersey 120
Nevada 120
Maryland 120
Alabama 110
Kentucky 110
South Carolina 110
Maine 100
Montana 100
Wyoming 90
Oklahoma 90
Nebraska 80
South Dakota 80
New Hampshire 80
Utah 60
Alaska 60
Delaware 60
Rhode Island 50
Vermont 50
Arkansas 50
North Dakota 40
Mississippi 40
Idaho 30
West Virginia 30
Hawaii 30

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