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NOC Code: NOC Code: 5212 Occupation: Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes workers who classify and catalogue museum artifacts and gallery works of art, construct and install exhibits and displays, restore, maintain and store museum and gallery collections, frame artwork, and perform other functions in support of curatorial and conservation activities. They are employed in museums and galleries. Picture framers and taxidermists may also be employed in retail settings or may be self-employed. This unit group also includes museum and other interpreters who conduct guided tours. They are employed by art galleries, museums, parks, aquariums, zoos, interpretive centres, botanical gardens, cultural centres, nature sanctuaries, historic and heritage sites, and other locations. This unit group includes workers who classify and catalogue museum artifacts and gallery works of art, construct and install exhibits and displays, restore, maintain and store museum and gallery collections, frame artwork, and perform other functions in support of curatorial and conservation activities. They are employed in museums and galleries. Picture framers and taxidermists may also be employed in retail settings or may be self-employed. This unit group also includes museum and other interpreters who conduct guided tours. They are employed by art galleries, museums, parks, aquariums, zoos, interpretive centres, botanical gardens, cultural centres, nature sanctuaries, historic and heritage sites, and other locations.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4 5
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4 5
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4 5
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3 4
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3 4


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Reading
  • Read correspondence. (2)
  • Refer to maintenance or operating manuals which give information about how to install, operate, maintain and repair equipment. (3)
  • Read museum notes for background information on exhibits. (3)
  • Refer to field guides in order to obtain information and updates. (3)
  • Scan scientific and scholarly journals for information. (4)
  • Read program content such as scripts, dialogues, directions, outlines for workshops, as well as specific instruction scripts for guided walks and directions to specific locations. (4)
  • Read union agreements. (4)
  • Read curriculum materials in order to prepare programs. (4)
  • Read training manuals in order to train staff members. (4)
  • Read textbooks and field and research reports for updates and for information. (4)
  • Read technical manuals, for example, manuals describing historic weapons or manuals providing instructions to assemble an exhibit. (4)
  • Read proposals, terms of reference and contracts. (5)
  • Interpret federal and provincial legislation. (5)
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Writing
  • Write form letters and standardized memos to accompany forms, such as evaluation forms. (2)
  • Write comments on library index cards. (2)
  • Write memos and letters. (2)
  • Write journal entries and field notes. (2)
  • Write and edit public service announcements. (3)
  • Write the content of exhibit materials, displays and signs. (3)
  • Write information updates to staff and to information centres. (3)
  • Write training modules. (4)
  • Write the text for brochures. (4)
  • Write proposals, terms of reference and contracts. (5)
  • Write program materials and scripts. (5)
  • Write research papers. (5)
  • Write seasonal and annual reports. (5)
  • Write research articles for newspapers and magazines. (5)
  • Write job descriptions, job performance appraisals and program appraisals. (5)
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Document Use
  • Read collection management sheets and inventory lists. (1)
  • Read information cards and posters dealing with hazardous materials, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). (1)
  • Read itineraries, timesheets and schedules for staffing and for events. (2)
  • Read and fill out calendars, diaries and daytimers. (2)
  • Fill out expense claims. (2)
  • Refer to blueprints for displays, renovations or facilities, including historical blueprints. (3)
  • Read a variety of maps including trail maps, geological maps and topographical maps. (3)
  • Read reports on chemical composition or analysis of geological samples. (3)
  • Read graphs and tables, such as migration tables, and interpret other visual presentations of information such as timeline representations. (4)
  • Read archival documents, such as forms that may be old, cryptic and difficult to understand. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, record and analyze financial information. (2)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software. For example, prepare budgets. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, use computerized geographic information systems. (2)
  • Use statistical analysis software. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, produce letters, memos, reports, etc. (2)
  • Use communications software. For example, use the Internet and send email. (2)
  • Use computers for desktop publishing. For example, produce pamphlets, overheads and other program materials. (3)
  • Use other computer applications. For example, assess needs for the purchase or design of software. (3)
  • Use graphics software. For example, do exhibit layouts, information graphics and designs. (3)
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, use AutoCAD to produce building plans for new exhibits. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with co-workers, individuals you supervise, your supervisor or manager, suppliers and the public. (1)
  • Instruct public and co-workers on various health and safety issues, e.g. camping etiquette, regulations and how to avoid bear attacks. (2)
  • Communicate historical, scientific and technical information to groups and individuals using a variety of techniques. For example, present public talks using illustrative media, perform dramatic roles, lead participatory workshops, engage in casual discussions with visitors and lead guided tours. (3)
  • Communicate to facilitate interaction, discussion or thought process, often using drama or story telling. (3)
  • Use a variety of language techniques such as analogies, metaphors and poetry. (3)
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Money Math
  • Collect program fees. (1)
  • Complete tax rebates and do invoicing. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Keep budgets and make budget forecasts. (4)
  • Calculate hours and costs per program and predict cash flow. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Count number of participants. (1)
  • Calculate distances to sites. (1)
  • Measure or calculate dimensions and convert between metric and imperial measures. (2)
  • Take a variety of fine measurements using special equipment. (3)
  • Calculate the height of objects, such as mountains or trees, using trigonometry. (4)
  • Calculate inventories, such as migrational counts, which may require the use of algebra. (5)
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Data Analysis
  • Do statistical analyses of attendance, such as calculating the percentage by demographic groups. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Make estimates, such as estimating tree capacity or projecting numbers of visitors. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Persons working in technical occupations related to museums and art galleries develop their program schedules to meet deadlines. They develop timelines and prioritize their tasks and duties to keep on schedule. They need to prepare analyses, syntheses and evaluations of all their programs. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide how to respond to inappropriate behaviour. (1)
  • Decide how to advertise. (2)
  • Decide what medium and methods to use to ensure public safety on outdoor hikes. (2)
  • Make decisions about time management, such as prioritization and organization. (2)
  • Decide which selections to make when reviewing proposals. (3)
  • Decide what medium and methods to use in an interpretive program. (3)
  • Decide upon selection methods to be used in hiring and who to hire. (3)
  • Make decisions about the allocation of funds. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Handle complaints from customers. Listen to the complaint, explore solutions, and bring the issue to a conclusion. (2)
  • You have become involved in resolving conflicts among staff members. You may also face conflicts over resources, such as conflicts between farmers and hunters about land use. In these situations, you have to intervene, clarify positions and attempt to reach a compromise that will resolve the conflict. (3)
  • You have discovered unmet needs or gaps in programming for specific groups. In response to these needs, create and deliver programs to meet specific criteria. (3)
  • Observe wear and damage to historic sites. Develop environmental programs to protect these resources. (3)
  • You have become involved in resolving legal liability issues. You may have to interpret policy, prepare court statements or appear as a witness. (4)
  • There are competing priorities for resource usage. Reconcile the organization's mandate, public opinion and interpretive messages. For example, you may have to balance resource conservation with the organization's need to encourage attendance at a public display. (4)
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Finding Information
  • Use reference materials to find information about heritage sites requested by customers. (2)
  • Read magazines to keep up with current issues and topics of interest to the public. (2)
  • Conduct program development research by reading, conducting interviews, participating in first-hand experiences, or researching via the Internet. (4)
  • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate information found in reference materials and insert findings into programs. (4)
  • Conduct audience research by designing, conducting and evaluating participant surveys. (4)
  • Conduct market research by scanning tourism statistics, reading industry newsletters, visiting other sites, and talking to colleagues. (4)
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