Opportunities for archaeologists exist within museums, heritage agencies and local government but the skills you'll get from the degree open up doors to many different careers
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.
If you want to become an archaeologist try to get relevant work experience as it will show your commitment and genuine interest in the career. Some employers will also expect you to have experience in related areas. You can consider volunteering as a digger or check out opportunities with local museums and galleries and heritage organisations.
Volunteer work will introduce you to the demands of working outdoors, in all weather conditions, and it is an excellent way of demonstrating your physical fitness and resilience. It will also help you build a network of useful contacts.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Employers of archaeologists include:
Other organisations employing archaeology graduates include some private museums and charities.
Rescue archaeology in advance of building work for utilities companies and environmental agencies has become a growth area.
During your degree, you'll develop a mix of subject-specific and technical skills, which generally include:
Archaeology courses also equip you with the skills to:
A range of specialist areas can be explored, such as human osteology and palaeopathology, as well as related subjects, such as geophysics. A PhD is often necessary for a career in archaeological research or an academic career.
Archaeology graduates also pursue courses of professional training in law, teaching, nursing and environmental health.
Distance learning and short courses to improve your career prospects and keep your skills and knowledge up to date are available through professional organisations, such as the Council for British Archaeology and the Institute for Archaeologists.
More than half of all archaeology graduates are in employment either in the UK or overseas six months after graduation. A significant number work as social and humanities scientists.
More than a third go on to further study, either full time or part time, immediately after completing their course.
|Working and studying||8.7%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||24.9%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||17.3%|
|Business, HR and financial||8%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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