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.
- 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).