Conservation is a fascinating and rewarding career, combining elements of both the sciences and the arts. Conservators need well-developed fine motor skills, an eye for detail, an instinct for the big picture, creative problem-solving skills and patience.
Some conservators spend most of their time at the bench, repairing and cleaning works of art or other cultural artefacts. Others manage preventive conservation programs or work on exhibitions.
Chemistry is a pre-requisite and you will also study conservation ethics, materials technology and deterioration, collection management principles, environmental issues and hands-on conservation skills.
In Australia several tertiary courses are avialable: the University of Melbourne offers a Masters program and the University of Canberra provides an undergraduate degree. People come to conservation after studying art history, archaeology, fine arts, chemistry, physics or various trades.