There are currently an estimated 11,800 museum conservators in the United States. The museum conservator job market is expected to grow by 12.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are museum conservators?

CareerExplorer rates museum conservators with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,300 museum conservators. That number is based on 1,500 additional museum conservators, and the retirement of 5,800 existing museum conservators.

What’s the supply of museum conservators?

The museum conservator industry is concentrated in California, New York, Illinois

Museum Conservator job market by state

State Name Employed Museum Conservators
California 1,790
New York 1,110
Illinois 900
Missouri 890
Texas 540
Pennsylvania 480
Maryland 460
District of Columbia 440
Ohio 430
Massachusetts 390
Virginia 390
Florida 330
North Carolina 320
Colorado 280
Michigan 270
Minnesota 230
Connecticut 220
Washington 210
Indiana 170
Louisiana 170
Georgia 170
Kansas 150
Tennessee 150
Arizona 140
Nebraska 110
Oklahoma 90
Wisconsin 90
South Dakota 90
Iowa 90
Alabama 80
Maine 80
South Carolina 80
Wyoming 80
Arkansas 70
Alaska 70
New Mexico 70
Kentucky 70
Hawaii 70
New Jersey 40
New Hampshire 40
Utah 40
Puerto Rico 30