How to become an Archaeologist

by ceojem in Careers Paths, Uncategorised 17/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Archaeologist? What they do

Do you like digging as part of a career? then you should become an Archaeologist

Archaeologists work by exploring ancient sites, discovering and analyzing or examining old objects to learn about various eras in history. Archaeologist may specialise in particular time periods, geographical areas or types of objects.

However,  many Archaeologists spend a great deal of their time taking part in excavations and analysing their findings, and Archaeologists work can also be based in a variety of other settings, which could vary from local authorities and museums to universities or research organisations.

Their working hours will usually varies depending on the job or project the Archaeologist is working on and, temporary contract work is common in this profession.

Typical duties of an Archaeologist depend on specialism, however, an Archaeologist’s duties generally include:

  • To survey potential excavation sites using aerial photography or field walking
  • Planning and working on excavations as part of a team or managing the team
  • Using photography, drawings, and written reports to record and categorise findings
  • Cleaning, invexamining and preserving historic artefacts and buildings
  • Evaluating planning applications and assessing any archaeological impact
  • To conduct laboratory tests, such as radiocarbon dating, and research and desk-based assessments of sites to analyse findings
  • Invove in arranging, displaying, and taking care of artefacts in the museum
  • Giving educational talks, lectures and presentations about archaeology

Is this perfect for me?

Having a natural curiosity and keen interest in history are vital attributes for anybody seeking to become an Archaeologist.

Also, you need to be very organised with a meticulous attention to detail, to enable you to pick up on concealed discoveries and appropriately categorise them. Being that a lot of your work will involve a great amount of care and intricacy, patience and dexterity are equally valuable qualities.

Archaeologist should also have:

  • Dedication and perseverance
  • Methodical approach to their work
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team or head a group
  • An analytical mind
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Self-motivation

Career progression

  1. Archaeologist
  2. Site Director
  3. Academic Archaeologist

Become qualified as an Archaeologist

Having a degree in archaeology or a related field is usually essential to become an Archaeologist and, some employers will also request for postgraduate qualifications. Practical work experience with archaeological associations could be an additional work in your favour to help you stand out from the crowd. Your knowledge of languages but modern or historical  and relevant IT skills may also increase your chances.

Archaeologist Salary (United Kingdom)

An Archaeologist earns an average salary of £18,853 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years’ experience in this career.

Median: £18,853
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £17K £34K £51K

£16,692 – £48,177

Total Pay (?)

£16,638 – £49,665
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

How experience Affects Archaeologist Salaries

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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

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