In a typical work setting, curators:
- 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.
- 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.
- Work 40 hours per week.
- Work a regular set schedule.