Do you want to work as an Exhibit Educator?
- Read about the most important info you need to help you decide on following this career.
- Follow the 7 points below and search for a tertiary institution near you for future studies.
- If you want to PLAN the way you need to prepare, then join our community in step 8 where you will learn everything, while chatting with other potential educators and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!
UPDATED: 1 September 2020
1. What is an Exhibit Educator?
There are two different kinds of careers where people work with exhibits.
The first is an In-house Education Officer who works at specific animal exhibits in places such as zoos, aquariums and museums. If this id the career you were looking for, then follow this link.
The second, which is what this specific career is all about, is a person who educates the public at information exhibits or kiosks erected at special events, such as expos.
Also known as:
- Booth Host
- Trade Show Staff
2. What do they do?
Education / Business / Health / Marine Conservation / Wildlife Conservation / Zoos, Aquariums, Museums & Theme Parks
They focus on assisting in putting up exhibits and educating passing visitors on the products and services they represent.
- Research current laws, regulations and standards on exhibits
- Assist in developing educational curriculum and material for each exhibit
- Travel to places and assist in erecting exhibits/kiosks/stalls
- Interact with and educate the visitors
- Write reports
- Administration and filing
Where they work:
Most of the exhibits will be held indoors, but smaller ones can be in the outdoors.
Places of Employment –
Exhibit educators can work for animal organizations, such as zoos, aquariums, museums, theme parks, conservation organizations and wildlife sanctuaries. Or they may work for businesses manufacturing animal medicine, food or other products.
Average Yearly Salary:
They can earn a yearly average of US$50,000 per year. The salary will also differ from country to country.
Some can go into specialized areas, while others may be promoted into management positions that do focus more on managing the exhibit team, marketing and production of educational material.
The possible levels:
Junior Exhibitor/ Educator > Coordinator (middle level) > Manager or Supervisor
The work might entail lots of travel, long hours with short deadlines, as well as working over weekends and holidays. They may also have to think outside of the box to design new material.
Future growth and Possibilities:
The future growth of the sector looks good with growth at around 11% per year.
3. Which Skills are required?
The skills required for a career as an exhibit educator can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Excellent design skills
- Good customer service skills
- Excellent health and physical fitness
- Basic computer literacy
4. Which Subjects must I have at School?
The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
5. What will I need to Study?
The minimum qualifications in most countries is an University Degree.
Degree programs include coursework in education, curriculum development, instructional design, biology, ecology, and zoology.
Short Courses –
Short Courses are generally available in various topics, and will be a good filler between normal college coursework.
The duration of University Degrees can take between 3 to 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths:
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths:
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):
Training and apprenticeship:
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as an exhibit educator will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.
In most cases entry level positions may require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Join the Exhibit Educators Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:
6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
In some instances an educational license is required.
Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.
7. Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards education and curriculum development and exhibitions.
8. Join the OZT community
Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming an exhibit educator.
Members of the Platform have special access to:
- Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
- Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
- Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
- Make friends around the world and share knowledge
- Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!
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