Job Opportunities in Archaeology
Archaeology is the study of past human behavior/past cultures from their cultural material remains. Archaeologists, sometimes called cultural resource managers, are everywhere both in the federal, state, and private sectors. As an archaeologist you excavate, curate, describe, and investigate how past human communities lived. The knowledge informs us about who we are as humans, our history, our past, and provides a record of past adaptations to climate change, resource overexploitation, and culture change.
A degree in archaeology prepares you for a career in academia, as a researcher, in a museum, or even in an environmental consulting firm. Your career will be adventurous, filled with travel, excavating and studying ancient artifacts, uncovering history, and enjoying the outdoors as well as the laboratory.
Archaeologists study past humans and use cutting edge instrumentation. You will also become skilled at surveying large tracts of land, managing important cultural resources, education programs for the public, writing and presenting your findings, and earn a living enjoying a passion for the past.
Popular Career Paths with the Archaeology concentration
|Cultural Resource Manager
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service Ranger
|Natural Resource Manager
U.S. Forestry Service
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Explore More Career Paths in Archaeology
- Society of American Archaeology (SAA) - information on career paths for archaeology majors, including what archaeologists do and where they work. Current job postings.
- Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)- offers practical advice on exploring a career in archaeology. Includes information on professional membership and annual conferences.
- Shovelbums.org – The largest listing of archaeological entry level positions.
- Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) – become registered as a professional archaeologist. Information about career paths
and job postings.