Professional job classifications in museums can fall into several categories, including administration, collections, curation, education and interpretation, development (fund-raising), exhibit design, and research.
Many job titles are common to each kind of museum, but the job description varies depending on the institution. Curators, exhibit designers, and researchers, for example, are found in almost every kind of museum, from art to science and history museums, even though the collections they deal with and their specific duties are very different.
Curators are specialists in a particular academic discipline relevant to a museum’s collections. They are generally responsible for the care and interpretation of all objects and specimens on loan or belonging to the museum, and they are fully knowledgeable about each object’s history and importance.
Depending upon the museum and their own areas of interest, curators can work with textiles and costumes, paintings, memorabilia, historic structures, crafts, furniture, coins, or a variety of other historically significant items.