Day at Work: Art Curator
Knowledge Required: Art history, chemistry, physics, restoration techniques, museum studies, public relations
Skills: Aesthetic design, business administration, marketing, computers, fundraising
Career Path: Most museums require a master's degree in an appropriate discipline such as art, history, or natural science, or in museum studies, in addition to practical experience through internships or entry-level museum positions.
Best Cities for this Job: Metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have the highest employment of Curators.
Median Annual Income: National: $48,450 CA: $58,610
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 20 percent increase of employment for Curatorial positions over the next decade.
From the Field: "Part of being a curator has to do with learning... You constantly have to become an expert at new material. So your curiosity is rewarded by amazing insights into the world around you." -René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California
Day at Work: County Supervisor
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Day at Work: Deputy Chief of Staff
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Day at Work: Insurance Lobbyist
Knowledge Required: Public relations, journalism, marketing, communications
Skills: Strong communication skills are essential. Courses in advertising, business administration, finance, political science, psychology, sociology, and creative writing also are helpful.
Career Path: It is important to first obtain a college degree. Communications, law, and political science are popular majors for lobbyists. It is important to become involved in politics either through volunteering at a campaign or joining a special interest group. A public relations internship or similar experience is also helpful for finding employment.
Best Cities for this Job: Areas with a concentration of political activity such as Washington D.C. and state capitols.
Median Annual Income: National: $59,370 CA: $66,690
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a faster than average job growth with tough competition for entry level positions.
From the Field: "Everyone needs an advocate in their life. Whether it's talking to your parents or talking to your teachers or your coach. In this case, businesses in California often face many times regulations, bills, or laws that can affect how they do business." - Michael Gunning, Vice President, Personal Insurace Federation of California
Day at Work: Nonprofit Professional