Museum Technicians and Conservators

risk level
Based on 45 votes
by year 2032
or $23.40 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

34% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Fine Arts

  • Originality

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

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32% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 34% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Museum Technicians and Conservators will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Museum Technicians and Conservators' job openings is expected to rise 12.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Museum Technicians and Conservators' was $48,670, or $23 per hour

'Museum Technicians and Conservators' were paid 1.3% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 12,670 people employed as 'Museum Technicians and Conservators' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 11 thousand people are employed as 'Museum Technicians and Conservators'.

Job description

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

SOC Code: 25-4013.00


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Peter Z. (Low) says
Integrating robots requires careful navigation to ensure ethical and effective implementation. Balancing innovation with preservation remains a key consideration for museum professionals. Museum conservators face a low risk of being replaced by robots. Their work demands a blend of technical and human-centric skills, making it challenging to automate. Key qualities like fine arts originality, finger dexterity, and manual dexterity are difficult to replicate with AI or robots.
Jun 16, 2024 at 09:00 AM

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