Art Conservators


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Art Conservators

Art Conservators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, curators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a moderately high level of social interaction. They work with the public, technicians, and directors. They sometimes work alone on collections.
  • Have face-to-face discussions with coworkers and visitors everyday.
  • Work as part of a team. They work cooperatively with technicians, artists, and management.
  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.
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  • Communicate with others daily by telephone or e-mail.
  • Have limited responsibility for the health and safety of others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work indoors. However, curators who work in zoos, gardens, nature centers, or some historical sites spend time outdoors.
  • Work somewhat close to other people, such as sharing an office space.

Work Performance

  • Must be very accurate in tasks, such as evaluating the age or value of items.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision.
  • Can set most tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental tasks.

Hours/Travel

  • Work 40 hours per week.
  • Work a regular set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.