Do you love books, science, history, art or media? Build a career working as a curator or archivist.

The online Master of Library Science supplies the knowledge and credentials needed to build this career.

What Does a Career as an Archivist or Curator Look Like?

Archivists and curators research, gather, document, store and exhibit collections of artwork, collectibles, historic items or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions.

Archivists and curators typically:

  • Plan and organize the acquisition, storage and exhibition of collections and related materials.
  • Design and execute exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.
  • Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging and basic record-keeping systems, using computer databases.
  • Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.
  • Provide information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.
  • Negotiate and authorize purchase, sale, exchange or loan of collections.

Archivist or Curator Career Salary and Forecast

Professionals working in North Carolina archivists or curators earn a median salary of $53,496 (as of 2018).

The average salary in North Carolina as an archivist is $53,496 (as of 2018). this average salary is above the living wage for North Carolina

Job opportunities for North Carolina professionals working as archivists or curators are growing at a rate of 3.14% per year.

The number of people employed in this field is expected to grow over the next 10 years.

What Education is Required to Work as an Archivist or Curator?

Over 64% of the professionals currently working in this career path have a master’s degree, and approximately 9% have a doctoral degree.

Associates Degree: 1.3% Bachelor's Degree: 53.3%
								Master's Degree: 64.0% Doctoral Degree: 9.3%

Archivist or Curator Job Opportunities

Job titles in this industry vary by employer. Graduates of this degree program find employment working as the following:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Collections Curator
  • Collections Manager
  • Education Curator
  • Exhibitions Curator
  • Exhibits Curator
  • Gallery Director
  • Museum Curator
  • Photography Curator
  • Vertebrate Zoology Curator

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Data sourced from Burning Glass Program Insight and: 
Burning Glass Technologies. 2018.