Museum conservators are more likely to be hired with a graduate degree, such as a master’s in conservation, library science, or history. For conservators who wish to work around fine art, a master’s in studio art or art history is very well suited for the position. Most universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of history, library science, art history, and studio art; but very few offer programs directly related to museum work.

Like many other jobs in this field, institutions take very kindly to applicants who have on-the-job experience. This can be attained while a student finishes their education by applying for internships within the field the student wishes to work in. Not-for-profit organizations, museums and conservators who work for themselves privately often hire interns who are studying to work in their field. Though it is uncommon, some museums will hire individuals who do not have degrees but have an extensive history of successful museum internships and apprenticeships.

Museum conservators should possess many useful skills such as excellent attention to detail, an interest in research and preservation, good communication skills, and the ability to patiently teach others.

What are Museum Conservators like?


Based on our pool of users, museum conservators tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Museum Conservators by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 83 Sokanu users

Are Museum Conservators happy?


Museum conservators rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 67th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Museum Conservator Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Museum Conservators

The most common degree held by museum conservators is Fine Arts. 8% of museum conservators had a degree in fine arts before becoming museum conservators. That is over 4 times the average across all careers. Anthropology And Archeology graduates are the second most common among museum conservators, representing 8% of museum conservators in the Sokanu user base, which is 6.8 times the average.

Museum Conservator Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Museum Conservator, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of museum conservators % of population Multiple
Fine Arts 8.4% 2.0% 4.3×
Anthropology And Archeology 8.4% 1.2% 6.8×
Art History 7.2% 0.7% 10.7×
History 6.0% 2.2% 2.8×
Foreign Language Studies 3.6% 1.3% 2.8×

Museum Conservator Education Levels

49% of museum conservators have a master's degree. 32% of museum conservators have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 19%
Bachelor's degree 32%
Master's degree 49%
Doctorate degree 1%

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