Degree and employment prospects
Upon completion of their studies, students are conferred with a Master 's degree in conservation-restoration of cultural heritage. This degree states the specialty in which the student carried out his/her training, and eventually an advanced specialised graduate degree in his/her specialty.
Most graduates today operate independently (freelance) and work for public institutions or private clients.
Conservators-restorers can sometimes provide his/her services to a heritage institution (national or territorial) as a contractual agent. There is also a branch called “preventive conservation and restoration” in the field of art technician and restoration supervisor under the auspices of the ministry of culture (access is competition-based). Finally, a certain number of private sector companies or associative structures hire salaried conservators-restorers. Some of these associative structures belong to a national network of workshops and laboratories of the museums of France.