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 6,560 archaeologists and anthropologists in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the world
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Foreign Language
  • History
Experience Internship
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Archaeology Professor
  • Archaeologist
  • Research Assistant or Teaching Fellow

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