£15,000 Starter - £22,000 Experienced
41 to 43 a week (evenings / weekends on a rota)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
an apprenticeshipvolunteeringapplying directly
You could get into this work through a cultural learning and participation officer or museums technician Level 3 apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
It's important that you get as much work experience as possible. It will help you get a better understanding of the role, and make contacts who may help you to find paid work.
You do not need any particular qualifications to become a museum assistant, although you'll usually need a good general standard of education, especially in English and maths.
There is a lot of competition for jobs and you may find some museums and galleries ask for a certain level of qualification, like A-Levels or equivalent.
You'll be in a stronger position when looking for work if you have:
- experience in customer care
- an interest in museums and their services
- volunteering experience in a museum, gallery or heritage attraction
- experience of security work could be useful for some jobs.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Museums Association for your professional development.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- an interest and knowledge of history
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- excellent written communication skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
What you’ll do
On a typical day you may:
- patrol buildings to monitor security
- make sure exhibits are in good order
- give talks to visitors about exhibitions
- help curators to change displays and exhibitions
- create labels for objects and record items on display
- issue entrance tickets
- serve in a museum shop
- carry out administrative tasks and keep the museum clean and tidy
You could work in a museum.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience and relevant qualifications, you could become a programmes assistant, volunteer co-ordinator or assistant curator.
You could also become a learning assistant or education officer.