Whether you want a career in archaeology or to investigate other graduate options, you'll be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills with an archaeology degree…
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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Relevant work experience demonstrates a commitment to, and genuine interest in, becoming a professional archaeologist and is often required for entry into many archaeology-related careers. Consider volunteering as a digger or check out opportunities with local museums and galleries, the National Trust 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 archaeological contractors, local government, university archaeology departments, national heritage agencies and independent archaeological consultants. Other organisations employing archaeology graduates include some private museums and charities such as the:
Jobs can be found at:
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, technical and transferable 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.
Archeology graduates have also pursued courses of professional training in law, teaching, nursing and environmental health.
Distance learning and short courses to improve your career prospects, and to keep your skills and knowledge up to date, are available through the:
Almost half of all archaeology graduates are in employment either in the UK or overseas six months after graduation. Over a quarter go on to further study immediately after completing their course.
|Working and studying||9.4%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||29.7%|
|Clerical and secretarial||10.2%|
|Commercial and public management||9.2%|
|Associate professional and technical||8.8%|
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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