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Curator Jason Andrew with Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim Museum at the opening of Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes / Five Decades of Painting, organized and curated by Jason Andrew.
Median pay: $46,500
% who say their job is stressful: 89%

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which could also be the length of a curator's job description. Being responsible for priceless art, artifacts and antiquities is just another day's work for those in this field. Curators must also research and write museum articles, negotiate the exchange or loan of collections, coordinate with customs and art handlers and answer to directors, the board and artists themselves.

"What people see is everything beautifully installed," said curator Jason Andrew from Bushwick, N.Y. "What they don't see are all the extensive loan forms, all the hassle of trucking and shipping, the fights with private collectors and institutions to lend work. You're working up until the last second to create that great experience, and curators don't get overtime."

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How Payscale.com defined high stress and low pay jobs: Starting from a database of over 2000 jobs, Payscale used data from over 36,000 respondents who ranked their jobs for quality of life factors, and chose those requiring a bachelor's degree or higher where the national median pay is less than $65,000. The survey was conducted between Aug 10, 2009 and Oct. 1, 2009.
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