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Museum interpreters

OaSIS code 53100.03

Museum interpreters conduct tours of museums, gallery exhibitions and historical, heritage and other sites, answer inquiries and provide information concerning exhibits or sites.

Overview

Also known as

  • Heritage interpreter
  • Museum interpreter

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct tours of museums, gallery exhibitions and historical, heritage and other sites, answer inquiries and provide information concerning exhibits or sites.

Additional information

  • Museum interpreters may require specific scientific or academic credentials for employment by some museums, nature centres or other sites.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Museum exhibit designer (in 53123.03 Exhibit designers)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Sub-major group

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5310 – Occupations related to museums and art galleries

Unit group

53100 – Registrars, restorers, interpreters and other occupations related to museum and art galleries

Occupational profile

53100.03 – Museum interpreters

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
4 - High Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
3 - Moderate Level
Getting Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low 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
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
2 - Less 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
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Aquariums
  • Art galleries
  • Botanical gardens
  • Cultural centres
  • Historic and heritage sites
  • Interpretive centres
  • Museums
  • Nature sanctuaries
  • Parks
  • Zoos

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
Speech Clarity
4 - High Level
Memorizing
3 - Moderate Level
Speech Recognition
3 - Moderate Level
Stamina
3 - Moderate Level
Verbal Ability
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
3 - Moderate Level
Social Perceptiveness
3 - Moderate Level
Coordinating
2 - Low Level
Critical Thinking
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important
Leadership
4 - Highly important
Social Orientation
4 - Highly important