Most state archaeologists have college or university degrees in anthropology, archaeology, history, environmental sciences and even Classics! A person with a bachelor's degree and field experience can usually obtain work as field crew, while supervisory positions in government agencies, museums, consulting firms, and teaching positions require a Masters or Doctoral degree.
Here are a few sites to visit if you are looking for a job in anthropology or archaeology, or if you are curious about what kinds of jobs are available.
- Look up your state Historical Society’s website or contact your state archaeologist or State Historic Preservation Officer for more information on archaeology opportunities in your state.
- National Park Service Archaeology Program
- National Park Service job announcements (permanent, seasonal and volunteer)
- Internships with the Smithsonian
- The website of the Society for Historical Archaeology contains information about different types of careers in archaeology, employment and field school opportunities, and a guide to higher education.
- See also, “Is the Past in your Future?” an article which details the practical side of things
- “Frequently Asked Questions” about a career in archaeology in the United States, includes details about educational requirements, field schools, volunteer and employment resources.
- The Cultural Resources Network and Earthworks maintains lists of job announcements and field schools (most of these are international job opportunities)