Archaeologists investigate, research and record the remains that have been left behind. Their job is to help preserve these precious archaeological remains and in doing so build a better understanding of our collective heritage.

The Role

  • Offers an exciting combination of historical research and field investigations.
  • You will be involved in initial research and field surveys designed to identify whether any heritage assets might be present.
  • In the case of historic buildings, you’ll be making records of the structure, fabric and condition of these properties.
  • Your expertise would then be central to the development of a plan that takes into account the historical significance of the site and the potential impact of the proposed development. 
  • You might be asked to help in redesigning the project to protect the assets or, if this isn’t possible, you would be closely involved in monitoring and recording excavation works.
  • The typical working week involves standard office working hours, Monday-Friday. But there may be time where you'll need to work in the evening and at the weekend, particularly if an excavation is underway.   


  • Newly trained archaeologists can earn in the region of £17,000-£21,000
  • Trained with experience archaeologists can earn in the region of £25,000-£40,000
  • Senior, chartered or master archaeologists can earn in the region of £40,000-£50,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 

Qualifications and Training

Some archaeologists are able to forge a career by working towards a relevant NVQ/SCQF (e.g. Qualification in Archaeological Practice) while in employment, but most choose to follow a degree or equivalent course in Archaeology or a related discipline such as Ancient History, Conservation or Heritage Management.

Many also go on to undertake further study as part of a Masters degree, or by acquiring additional skills though the many courses offered by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).


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Find out more

For information on the Archaeologist role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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