Archaeologist

According to the website FabJob.com archeology is the study of human cultures world over from the past to the present through discovering and analyzing the items (artifacts) people have left behind. Based on these artifacts archeologists attempt to reconstruct how people lived what kinds of homes they built clothing they wore and food they grew and ate and in general what they believed and what their family lives were like.

Archeologists work in the field but also in the lab where they analyze items that have been discovered. Thus this profession calls for a range of activities some physical and some intellectual. An individual can test out his or her interest by joining an amateur archeology society and can develop skills by volunteering for an archeological dig. With regard to earnings httparchnet.asu.edu reports that archeologists do not make large salaries compared to individuals in careers such as engineering. However the earnings are on a level similar to that of people in the social science and humanities fields.

An archeologist with a bachelors degree can earn $20000 to $25000 annually sometimes by working on individual projects sponsored by the government or private companies. Given the requirement of frequent travel it can be challenging to raise a family while working as an archeologist. To pursue a permanent career as an archeologist graduate training is needed.

Starting university professors and project leaders both of whom usually have Ph.D. degrees in archeology earn $35000 to $50000 annually. Archeologists with Ph.D. degrees may work museums or for universities and colleges in teaching positions although they also conduct independent research. However such jobs are highly competitive because there are fewer positions than there are qualified job candidates.

According to Payscale.com wages can vary depending upon locale and experience but in 2010 salaries ranged from $32627 to $51779 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $45353.5
High Salary: $54018
Low Salary: $36689
Tasks: Studies human cultures.
Attempts to reconstruct how people lived.
Works in the field an in the lab.
Attends and participates in archaeological digs.
Also Called: Historian
Discoverer
Academic
Professor
Additional Resources: http://www.fabjob.com/archaeology.asp
http://archnet.asu.edu/faq/career_faq.php
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Archaeologist/Salary