6 Career Options in Art Museums You Didn’t Know About

Do you love art? Ever pictured yourself working in the art industry? There are so many different career paths that you can take when it comes to working in the wonderful world of art. If you’re not sure which category you would fit into and what types of art museum workers are out there check the careers below to help you make a decision.


Also called a museum technician, a registrar works under the direction of a curator to prepare exhibitions and maintains the museum’s collection of artwork. The registrar will answer the questions of the public, unpack objects and prepare such collections for travel to other museums. They work with third parties to select the right exhibition display plinths and cabinets. A registrar is also responsible for reporting on the status and condition of all the other art objects.

You will need to study an undergraduate education in the field related to the museum’s speciality whether it be fine arts or art history. You can complete different courses in the museum studies while also studying an undergraduate degree. If you are after a degree in museum studies, then you need to get an education that is at a master’s level.

Art professor

hipster bearded curatorAn art professor needs to have advanced knowledge of art and is often college or university-based. They will develop, plan and teach lessons, assignments and course curriculums. Art professors have the goal of improving the expertise of students and help them to gain much-needed skills via assessments along with serving on different academic groups. Art professors will teach the students how they can meet their goals. Undertaking a traineeship in an art museum will see the student performing research, analysing artwork and art documents, then publishing their findings. To be an art professor, you will need to have a masters education in art history or visual arts combined with the right amount of experience. Art museums tend to prefer staff to have a doctoral degree program to be considered for employment.

Commercial artist

A commercial artist works at developing images and creating graphics that get used in advertising campaigns, print magazines, online and packaging material. They will work towards getting their art mounted on displays in museums. Commercial artists will interpret the ideas that are based upon what the client wants. The artist will use freehand sketches and digital designs to develop drafts and ideas. This type of artist will work closely with the clients and supervisors to brainstorm different ideas, refine plans, schedule goals, sort budget problems and increase the understanding surrounding target markets.


An animator creates, develops and makes the production of moving images that can be used for displays and movies within the art museum. Animators work with computer software, computer graphics and freehand drawings to create slideshows. They can design advertisements that are used around the museum and online to promote new art or works coming to the museum.

Graphic designer

graphic design artsits working on screenGraphic designers create visual images and graphics for art museums. They can analyse what the client wants, design visual images, produce illustrations, create promotional materials, text animations, and so much more.

Graphic designers work with the marketing representatives, promotional professionals and public relation specialists. A bachelors degree is needed in the fine art or graphic designers disciplines.

Art gallery dealer

Art gallery dealers will work alongside the industry experts who buy and sell artwork. They work with all sorts from artists to critics, curators and museums. Art gallery dealers have several contacts between art professionals so they can create sales proposals and set standards for memberships that are the amoung the art galleries. They also work with exhibition display service specialists to pull together the right display systems for each art piece.

Art dealers need to stay up to date with the industry trends, market influencers and the advances and changes.

To become an art gallery dealer, you need to have completed an advanced graduate-level degree within the art history field. You may also be expected to have work experience in the art critic world to gain employment.