IS A MUSEUM CAREER RIGHT FOR YOU? A PRESENTATION OF THE OHIO MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION www.ohiomuseums.org
Is there a museum job in your future? <ul><li>Are you: </li></ul><ul><li>Passionate about art, education, history, or conservation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drawn to nonprofits and their missions? </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in working in the hospitality, tourism, or leisure industries? </li></ul>(Photo by Caitlin E. Curran / Boston.com staff)
No shortage of choices… <ul><li>There’s greater diversity among museums than you might think… </li></ul>Art Museums Arboretums & Nature Centers Cultural Museums & General Museums History Museums & Historic Sites Libraries & Archives Science & Natural History Museums Specialized & Concept Museums Zoos & Aquariums
24 OMA Art Museums Akron Art Museum Akron Art Museum Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Galleries Butler Institute of American Art Canton Museum of Art Cincinnati Art Museum Cincinnati Arts Association Cleveland Artists Foundation Cleveland Museum of Art Columbus Museum of Art Cowan Pottery Museum Dayton Art Institute Decorative Arts Center of Ohio French Art Colony Kennedy Museum of Art McDonough Museum of Art Miami University Art Museum Ohio University Art Gallery Schumacher Gallery Springfield Museum of Art Taft Museum of Art Toledo Museum of Art Walter E. Terhune Gallery Zanesville Museum of Art
Five OMA Arboretums & Nature Centers Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Dayton Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm Cleveland Botanical Garden Cuyahoga Valley National Park Dawes Arboretum Holden Arboretum
Six OMA Cultural & General Museums Akron Art Museum Cincinnati Museum Center Cincinnati Museum Center Mansfield Memorial Museum Massillon Museum Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center Troy-Hayner Cultural Center William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
61 OMA History Museums & Historic Sites Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Six OMA Science & Natural History Museums Akron Art Museum Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Cleveland Museum of Natural History COSI Great Lakes Science Center Hopewell Culture Nat’l Historical Park Orton Geological Museum COSI
17 OMA Specialized Museums Ashtabula Marine Museum Central Mutual Insurance Co. Fire Museum Central Ohio Fire Museum Degenhart Paperweight & Glass Museum Intermuseum Conservation Association International Women's Air & Space Museum Maritime Museum of Sandusky Medina Toy & Train Museum Merry-Go-Round Museum Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Motts Military Museum, Inc. National Heisey Glass Museum National Museum of the USAF Pro Football Hall of Fame Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Steamship William G. Mather Museum Ukrainian Museum-Archives, Inc. Pro Football Hall of Fame
Two OMA Zoos Akron Zoological Park Columbus Zoo Akron Zoological Park
Thousands more museums around the world… Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster Akron Art Museum Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull National Museum of Anthropology and History, Mexico City British Museum, London
Museum Careers: Where to start? <ul><li>About half of museum professionals have worked outside traditional museum settings, often including: </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit Management </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitality & Tourism Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Emerging Museum Professional Toolkit ( 2009 PowerPoint Presentation) by Sarah Stilgenbauer & Jennifer Souers Chevraux </li></ul>
Museum Careers: A-C Akron Art Museum Accounting & Finance Administration Administrative Assistants Archivists Architects Business-to-Museum Services Conservators Consultants Community Relationship Managers Curators Conservators care for and preserve objects of historic and cultural value.
Museum Careers: D-I Akron Art Museum Development & Membership Coordinators Educators Evaluation Specialists Events & Rental Planning & Management Food Services Exhibition Designers Facility/Physical Plant Management Historians & Historic Interpreters Information Technologists Exhibition designers often work for directly for museums, or with for-profit firms that contract with museums.
Museum Careers: M-Z Marketing Museum Store & Retail Sales Public Relations Registrars & Collection Managers Scientific Specialists (Archeologists, Paleontologists, Zoologists, etc.) Security Visitor Services Volunteer Coordinators Website Developers Museum marketing can be more subtle than this – but the goal’s still the same.
How much will I earn? “ No one works in a museum to get rich. There will be several hundred people a day going through the museum who are rich. You will not be one of them.” Greg Aukerman Museum News March/April 2007
Seriously…how much will I earn? It really depends on location , years of experience , position , and other factors . You may earn more in larger museums in larger cities (you’ll also have a higher cost of living). The directors of the largest museums may earn over $1,000,000 a year, but most salaries are (much) more down-to-earth: Archivists: $36,470 (source: collegegrad.com) Technicians & Conservators: $38,060 (source: studentsreview.com) Educators: $44,413 (source: salarywizard.com) Curators: $46,717 (source: payscale.com)
“ The New (Museum) Math” <ul><li>Graduate School + Intern & Volunteer Experiences + OMA Professional Development + Lots of Networking </li></ul><ul><li>= Your first museum job! </li></ul>Source: Emerging Museum Professional Toolkit ( 2009 PowerPoint Presentation) by Sarah Stilgenbauer & Jennifer Souers Chevraux
Getting your foot in the door <ul><li>Become a museum intern </li></ul><ul><li>Become a museum volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Become a part-time or seasonal museum staff member while you’re still in school </li></ul><ul><li>Earn a degree in Museum Studies or a related field </li></ul><ul><li>Update your resume continuously </li></ul><ul><li>Have business cards printed and keep them on you! </li></ul>
Regional museum studies programs <ul><li>Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Walsh University - North Canton, Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan - Ann Arbor </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan State University - East Lansing </li></ul><ul><li>Murray State University – Murray (KY) </li></ul>
Get an internship…now! Akron Art Museum If your museum of choice doesn’t offer internships, create an opportunity for yourself! Call and offer your knowledge and expertise for FREE. Offer to take the director or curator to lunch – you’ll be amazed at the response!
And most importantly… JOIN OMA! <ul><li>$25 student rate </li></ul><ul><li>Annual conference </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Friends to be made! </li></ul>www.ohiomuseums.org