In the media, archaeology looks very exciting... and it can be!
Will I Get Chased By Huge Rocks?
Archaeologists study past civilizations. They do this by examining the physical remains of those civilizations. That can involve field work.
Field work includes:
Surveying the surface to look for signs of past human activity
Digging test areas to find potential sites
Excavating sites very carefully to uncover artifacts
Geophysical surveying to explore sites in a non-invasive way
Archaeologists are likely to get chased by?
Will I Always Be In The Field?
MOST archaeological work is done in a lab.
Lab work includes:
Researching written records like maps, photographs, letters, land records and prior site reports to learn more about an area
Analyzing artifacts to learn more about past civilizations
Preserving collections of artifacts and data for ongoing research and public education
Interviewing to gather information about family histories and oral traditions
But Will It Pay The Bills?
$55,000 average salary per year for archaeologists in the United States.
$81,000 average salary per year for archaeologists in Canada.
You Will Love It If You...
are investigative and artistic.
like to analyze and think deeply.
are patient and methodical.
are a team player with a sense of humor.
Look For Another Career Path If You...
like a fast paced work environment.
want to work business hours (9-5).
would like to earn a high salary.
Find The Future Archaeologist
Aliyah loves mystery books. She enjoys listening to her older neighbors' tell stories. She is most comfortable being indoors and does not enjoy travel.
Thiago enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. He hopes to earn a very high salary to allow him to travel all over the world.
Mingmei spends most of her free time touring local historical sites. She asks a lot of questions and takes photos, then writes a blog about the things she learns.
Which will enjoy being an archaeologist?