How to become a Museum Attendant

Museum attendants work in the public spaces of museums, greeting visitors and attending to enquiries, and ensuring the protection of exhibits.

Personal requirements of a Museum Attendant

  • Interested in museums or art galleries
  • Able to process large amounts of information
  • Outgoing and friendly nature
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to handle groups of people with ease

Education & Training for a Museum Attendant

You can work as a museum attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Employers usually prefer those who can demonstrate a genuine interest in the collection. Carrying out volunteer work may improve employment prospects. You can also become a museum attendant through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Museum Attendant

Museum attendants:

  • conduct tours of museums or galleries
  • answer enquiries
  • direct visitors to specific exhibits
  • give visitors information about exhibits
  • control visitors' access to exhibits
  • check that all visitors have departed at closing time
  • prevent unauthorised entry
  • inspect membership cards, admission passes and tickets
  • patrol the museum or gallery to ensure security.

Working conditions for a Museum Attendant

Museum attendants generally work indoors but may be required to travel with exhibitions and displays.

Employment Opportunities for a Museum Attendant

Museum attendants are employed in a variety of roles, usually by a museum, but they can also work in other institutions such as galleries, universities or other cultural institutions. Many people volunteer as a museum attendant prior to obtaining paid employment.

Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 12%

NSW NSW 24.2%

NT NT 4.1%

QLD QLD 20.8%

SA SA 3.4%

TAS TAS 5.9%

VIC VIC 12.7%

WA WA 16.8%

Hours worked:

44.9

Unemployment:

Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 52.2%

Female 47.8%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2%

20-24 - 12.1%

25-34 - 27.5%

35-44 - 18.7%

45-54 - 12.1%

55-59 - 11.9%

60-64 - 6.8%

65 and Over - 8.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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