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They’re Back: Museums and the Arts

Arts and culture contribute a significant amount to the economy and well-being of societies, in addition to being job creators.  Covid-19, not surprisingly, has had a substantial impact on arts and culture employment over the past year (you can see an analysis here) but there are strong signals that hiring is back.

For graduate students and PhDs, the enlargement of institutions such as theaters and museums through digital content and research offers new opportunities as well. If you’re interested in learning about the wide range of museum careers and roles, the go-to source is the American Alliance of Museums which provides copious amounts of information on museum careers, trends, training and job opportunities. There are also more general websites on current arts jobs at places such as Artjobs.

Our own curated selections on opportunities in the sector point to an uptick in hiring across curatorial, research, educational programs, online digital content, post-doctoral fellowships and many more areas of expertise on our main SmartJobs page.


Audience Insights and Research Coordinator, The Fields Museum

Director of Library Exploration and Research, Brown University

Shorenstein Research Fellow, San Francisco MOMA

Assistant Director of Continuing Studies, The Art Institute of Chicago

Manager, Research, Museum of Modern Art New York

Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (Tar Pits)

Online Course Scientist, American Museum of Natural History

Director of Educational Programs, Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Research and Evaluation Associate, Museum of Science, Boston

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For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page.  Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.

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