Working as an Archaeologist
Archaeologists are highly skilled and highly educated; we work hard because this is our passion and we believe in the value of our work. Many of us hold a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree, and a government issued license. However, despite our qualifications, the vast majority of archaeologists work for less than a living wage, don’t receive health benefits, have no retirement savings, and no job security.
Additionally, Archaeologists face some of the highest injury rates in environmental assessment and risk long term injuries from our time in the field. Due to these poor working conditions, our turnover rate is enormous and those who stay in the industry struggle to get by.