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Curators

OaSIS code 51101.02

Curators recommend the acquisition of museum artifacts and gallery works of art and research their artistic history.

Overview

Also known as

  • Art gallery conservator
  • Curator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Recommend the acquisition of paintings, photographs, sculptures, documents and other museum and art gallery artifacts
  • Conduct research into objects' methods of construction techniques, structure and materials to understand its physical and chemical makeup
  • Develop storylines and themes and organize displays and exhibitions
  • Coordinate the storage of collections and the setting up of displays and exhibitions
  • Oversee the conservation, display and circulation of collections
  • Supervise curatorial assistants and other museum technicians.

Additional information

  • Progression to museum or art gallery management positions is possible with experience.
  • Conservators and curators may specialize in a particular type of collection or material, such as furniture, weapons, books, paintings and musical instruments.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Museum designer (in 53123.03 Exhibit designers)
  • Curatorial assistants, museum extension officers, museology technicians and museum registrars and cataloguers (53100.04)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Sub-major group

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5110 – Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators

Unit group

51101 – Conservators and curators

Occupational profile

51101.02 – Curators

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
5 - Highest Level
Judging Quality
5 - Highest Level
Thinking Creatively
5 - Highest Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Developing Objectives and Strategies
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Art galleries
  • Museums
  • Universities

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Colour Perception
5 - Highest Level
Near Vision
5 - Highest Level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Far Vision
4 - High Level
Pattern Identification
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Decision Making
4 - High Level
Evaluation
4 - High Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
4 - High Level
Management of Material Resources
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Creativity
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important