About the job:

What you do

As an Archaeologist, your job is to conduct research to reconstruct record of past human life and culture from human remains, artifacts, architectural features, and structures recovered through excavation, underwater recovery, or other means of discovery. 

Archaeology is a social science and all your work is put up for review by many scholars in your field or even others.

Maritime Archaeology has been brought to our attention as a possible specialization for prospective Archaeologists. It requires diving skills in addition to Archaeology skills. 

The tough stuff

As an Archaeologist, some of the challenges of this job might include:

  • It's a seasonal ­and intermittent career
  • The probems are almost always related to funding
  • There is no appreciation for archaeologists
  • Manual labor and long days are to be expected
  • You might be located in some of the most severe climates
The cool stuff

As an Archaeologist, some of the rewards of the job might include:

  • Contributing to knowledge of human history and prehistory
  • Being intellectually stimulated


Typical work hours
  • 35 to 40 hours a week

    Field work only tends to be done during daylight hours. However, weekend work is a frequent occurrence, as some ‘digs’ may have tight deadlines due to property development schedules and so forth. Some of an archaeologist’s time will be spent in a lab or a workshop, working on artifacts and other excavated materials.


Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • No specific class
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
  • Humanities
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Understanding written information
  • Time Management
  • Planning & Organization
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Attention to Detail

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • You must complete an undergraduate degree in subjects such as Archaeology, Anthropology or History
  • Plenty of people with a computer science background also enter the profession, especially since excavation and investigation techniques are becoming increasingly technical
  • The majority of training is given on-the-job under the supervision of a senior archaeologist
  • Some archaeologists take the academic route and become university lecturers. Alternatively, there is a possibility to become a freelance archaeologist, working as a consultant on different projects with various archaeological teams
  • Highly-experienced archaeologists with specialist knowledge may even get the opportunity to work on excavation projects overseas
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