OVERVIEW : Art history is an academic discipline that deals with the study of artistic works and their historical development. It examines various cultural aspects of art work during different time periods. The academic curriculum focus on the historical studies from the pre-historic art to the modern arts. Art historians conduct researches on various factors that might have contributed towards the creation of an artistic work.
SALARY : According to the U.S Bureau of Labor statistics, the median annual wage of curators and museum technicians was $42,310 in May 2010.
JOB DESCRIPTION : Job profile varies according to the chosen career role and nature of working industry. Some of the career roles include art consultant, art history teachers, museum archivists, curators etc. As an art historian, they have to evaluate and preserve the artistic works. Using some specialized techniques, art historians trace out the historic details of the art works. Some of the methods include carbon dating, chemical testing, radiography etc. If the art work is slightly damaged by the environmental effects during the long time span, they have to apply some restoration methods. Art consultants offer information about the art works and even publish their findings in magazines or any publications. Some of the artists work in museum, where the historic items should be maintained in a proper way. During exhibitions or presentations, they will explain about the historical facts and information about the art materials to the visitors.
JOB OUTLOOK : Job prospects are expected to be good for the graduates in art history. Most of them can job opportunities in art schools, museums and many other fields. Applicants with great critical skills and analytical abilities can find better job spaces.
DEGREES OFFERED : Bachelor’s – Doctorate/PhD – Certificate
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH : According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Overall employment of curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 16 percent during 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.