Curator – Mathilde Leduc

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Curator – Mathilde Leduc

Mathilde Leduc
Curator
Royal Museum for Central Africa

I have an MA in History of Art, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in History. I currently work as a curator.

It’s a constant pleasure and a privilege to have a chance to work in the discipline I want to. I get to share my passion for the past and collections with others through exhibitions, books, essays, interviews, digital projects, etc. I never go through a dull moment and can’t wait to start my day.

Pros

  • Lots of opportunities to move from one project to the next, and to work in a team or individually as you prefer
  • You follow your passion and share it with others
  • You get to understand what happened in the past and get paid for it
  • You may have the chance to travel to do your job and research

Cons

  • Ph.D. is a must at a certain level or in certain institutions. Not everybody is into a long time at school. It also means you won’t get a salary for quite some time.
  • According to the US Bureau of labor statistics, the median salary for a curator is under $50000 a year and for a historian is approx. $60000 a year. Before embarking on the profession, better make sure you’re OK with that range of paychecks.
  • Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are required all along the career path
  • It’s a very competitive profession, even more so considering the limited number of advertised positions compared to the number of historians looking for a job.
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Curators

administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Salary: $61650
Salary Rank: B
Education: Master's degree
Becoming One: Very Hard
Job Satisfaction: Average
Job Growth: High
Suitable Personality: The Leader