The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for archaeologists will grow faster than the average for all other occupations through 2022. Since the academic job market is poor, most new jobs in the near future will probably be nonteaching positions in cultural resource management firms, consulting firms, research institutes, corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies. Among the factors contributing to this growth is increased environmental, historic, and cultural preservation legislation. Archaeologists will be needed on construction projects to ensure that builders comply with federal regulations regarding the handling and preservation of archaeological and historical artifacts. There is also particular demand for people with the ability to write environmental impact statements.

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