How to become a Archaeologist

Archaeologists study past human societies by recovering, recording, analysing and interpreting material remains and other important evidence, such as cultural artefacts, food remains, skeletal remains, environmental evidence and landscapes.

Personal requirements of a Archaeologist

  • Patient, determined and able to persevere
  • An eye for detail
  • Enjoy science and history
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Strong writing skills
  • Aptitude for working with computers
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Prepared to endure potentially rough and isolated living conditions for extended periods while involved in fieldwork
  • Able to remain objective

Education & Training for a Archaeologist

To become an archaeologist you usually have to complete a degree at university with a major in archaeology, followed by a postgraduate qualification in archaeology or cultural heritage. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$702

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 24%

NT 4%

QLD 19.6%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2%

VIC 38.5%

WA 5.4%

Hours worked:

35.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 36%

Female 64%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 23.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 17.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 42.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 16.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 38%

Above 35 years: 58%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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