A gallery or museum technician needs:
- technical problem solving skills
- strong organisation skills
- a careful methodical approach
- an eye for detail and the ability to create visually pleasing exhibits
- good hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness
- to be able to work as part of a team.
Gallery or museum technicians work in a variety of spaces, including large public organisations as well as smaller private boutique galleries and community historical museums. They may spend some of their time in storage warehouses collecting items and artefacts for displays. Their hours of work depend on the operating hours of the venue, frequency of exhibitions, and special events hosted.
On average, gallery, library and museum technicians can expect to earn between $800 and $999 per week ($41 600 and $51 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.
Gallery or museum technicians will use a variety of craft and construction materials to set up exhibition displays and adjust lighting to best suit the display. They may also need to be familiar with audio-visual multimedia, and other new technologies used in the construction of displays. This can include interactive devices such as tablets and computers.
To become a gallery or museum technician you usually need to complete a formal qualification in library, information and cultural services or library and information services.
The Certificate IV in Library, Information and Cultural Services and the Diploma of Library and Information Services are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a traineeship. The curatorial assistant and museum assistant officer traineeships usually take 36 months to complete.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.