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Taxidermist

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Taxidermists use their artistic and technical skills to preserve dead animals, birds and fish so that they have a lifelike appearance. They do this by removing and preserving the skin and then stretching it over a custom made model which includes the original skull and an artificial framework.

Taxidermists do not kill animals. The animals have died naturally or have been killed in road accidents.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for assistant taxidermists in Scottish museums can be in the range of £16,000 to £29,500 a year.

Most taxidermists are self-employed. They charge a fee which varies depending on the animal. Some self-employed taxidermists earn quite a low income and have another job as well.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Guild of Taxidermists
Website: http://www.taxidermy.org.uk/

Museums Galleries Scotland
Tel: 0131 550 4100
E-mail: admin@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk
Website: http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/
Twitter: @MuseumsGalScot

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