A UofT iSchool education will open many doors for you and can lead to rewarding careers. You will acquire and develop valuable knowledge and skills with which you can join an established organization or become an entrepreneur.
In many instances, the identical professional skill set matches a wide variety of job titles and duties, as individual employers are crafting roles to suit their particular needs. The general skills that can be fostered include:
Assessment and analysis
|Commitment to continuous learning
Understanding of current and emerging technologies
|Creativity & Communication Skills|
Innovative problem solving
|Presenting ideas clearly
Effective oral communication skills
Effective written communication skills
Planning & organizing
Managing resources & services
Ability to work cooperatively
|Project ManagementUser perspective approach
Customer service orientation
Team work in multicultural environments
Careers in Museum Studies
Today’s Museums & Cultural Institutions
From pop-up museums to virtual exhibitions, the museum sector is breaking the notions of traditional types of cultural organizations. The sector is advancing societal changes, by stimulating community dialog, or reflecting contemporary issues, educating the public through interactive 3D technologies, facilitating genealogical discoveries and enabling visitor-generated research projects.
As people are more accustomed to omnipresence of technology, museums are similarly utilizing the same social media to connect with the visitors, mobile apps, crowdsourcing or novelties like Google Art Project.
The New Breed of Museum Professional
Museum professionals manage collections, create educational programs for the public, organize exhibitions, manage projects, run cultural institutions, and many other aspects of museum and heritage work. They uncover stories, bring them to life, and preserve for future generations. These professions are undergoing constant evolution driven by the changes of the modern digital information era.
iSchool graduates are sought after by leading employers. According to our 2014 Employment Survey, 95% of graduates from our Master of Museum Studies who responded to our survey found positions with a wide range of public and private-sector employers within 12 months of graduation. 91% of these MMSt alumni were in full-time roles, which are closely or somewhat closely related to their field or subject area.
SAMPLE ROLES Collections/Digital Heritage
Collections Digitization Officer
Digital Image Editor
Museum Collections Assistant
Preventive Conservation ManagerEducation & Programming
Audience Research and Visitor Studies Specialist
Audio Tour Developer
Children’s Gallery Planner
Education and Public Programming Officer
Youths Program Facilitator
Director of Education & Exhibits
Project Manager, ExhibitionsMuseum Management
Community Resource Manager
Cultural Heritage Consultant
Development and Fundraising Coordinator
Manager of Museum Services
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
Media Relations Coordinator
Museum & Heritage Advisor
President & CEO
Senior Development Officer
Web and Social Media Developer
Employment can be found within museums, galleries, consulting firms, government, museum associations, granting organizations, museum vendor companies, private and commercial galleries, national parks and cultural heritage sites.
SAMPLE EMPLOYERS Consulting/Development
Institute for Learning Innovation
Lord Cultural ResourcesCultural & Heritage Institutions
Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Brant Historical Society
Canada’s National Ballet School
Canadian Heritage Information Network
Canadian Opera Company
Multicultural History Society of Ontario
Peel Heritage Complex, Region of Peel
Spadina HouseFine & Performing Arts
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Ontario
Canada’s National Ballet School
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
National Gallery of Canada
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
City of Oshawa, Cultural Development
City of Toronto, Archives
City of Toronto, Museums and Heritage Services
Dept. of Canadian Heritage
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Ontario Human Rights CommissionMuseums
Aga Khan Museum
Canadian Canoe Museum
Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation
Canadian War Museum
Manitoba Children’s Museum
Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Museums of Burlington
Museums of Prince Edward County
Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
The Bytown Museum
The Rooms Provincial Museum
The iSchool has a dedicated Careers Officer who is available to meet with students to help you develop your career plans, as well as assist with job search (including internships and work after graduation). Services include job search prep workshops, networking events, career advising, and job listings through the iSchool Job Site. Learn more.
Careers in Information Studies
The World Needs Information Professionals
Our reliance on digital information is rapidly growing. We no longer buy smart phones, laptops, or subscribe to internet services without talking about hundreds of “gigabytes” and even “terabytes”.
Corporations are struggling with big data, privacy, security, open access and similar issues due to the proliferation of data and new information technologies. The internet has become a convenient source of all information, but even searching online can be frustrating. Moreover, with user-generated information, it is increasingly more difficult to find reliable information.
And who can help us with finding our way out of the information overload? Who can manage both issues of lack of quality and escalation of quantity of information? Information Professionals can.
Brave New Careers
Librarians, archivists, and records mangers are just a few traditional job titles for information professionals. Their roles, however, are far from customary as they are the fastest evolving careers in this digital age.
Knowledge and information managers are currently in high demand as they are the experts, who manage and control organization’s internal knowledge, an extremely valuable asset.
Business system analysts, prospect researchers and policy analysts are employed by a variety of small and large organizations in all sectors. Information professionals, who can use technology to gain insight into customer behaviour, and efficiently relate that information to their business and IT colleagues, will truly stand out.
SAMPLE CAREERS IN INFORMATION
The incorporation of information professionals and researchers by employers across all sectors and industries is evolving. In many instances, the identical information professional skill set matches a wide variety of job titles and duties, as individual employers are crafting roles to suit their particular needs.
Explore the list of sample roles and employers for our major program areas.
Data analytics specialists are in high demand, as cited in the Globe and Mail article “The fastest growing job market you never heard of”.
User experience designer, information architect, data security analyst are not only growing career fields, but among the higher paying ones too, according to a study done by the staffing firms Robert Half and The Creative Group. And this is a worldwide trend too.
According to a recent SAS UK research, “demand for big data specialist will grow by 243% in the next 5 years”. Similarly, in the U.S., by 2018, there will be a shortage of “1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions” according to McKinsey Global Institute.
The large baby boomer generation in traditional libraries will be retiring in the next 5 to 10 years, which will create the need for new librarians, and library managers, in all types of libraries and roles. Employment in special, corporate libraries, in settings such as financial institutions, consulting firms, government, law firms, and technology companies, is expected to grow at a faster than average pace. This rapidly advancing field is anticipated to offer many employment opportunities for information professionals.