Archaeologists at a Dig

Archaeologists study the origin and evolution of humans. They study the physical evidence of human culture, examining such items as tools, burial sites, buildings, religious icons, pottery, and clothing. There are approximately 6,470 archaeologists and anthropologists in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study the origin and evolution of humans and their cultures; conduct field excavations; recover and preserve evidence and artifacts from past human cultures; preserve historical sites
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the world
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Foreign Language
  • History
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Archaeology Professor
  • Archaeologist
  • Research Assistant or Teaching Fellow