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Archaeologists investigate, research and record the remains from the human past. Their job is to help record these precious archaeological remains and in doing so build a better understanding of our cultural heritage.

The role

  • Offers an exciting combination of historical research and field investigations.
  • You will be involved in initial research and field surveys and excavations 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.   

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 single honours 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).


  • Newly trained archaeologists can earn in the region of £19,000-£22,000
  • Trained with experience archaeologists can earn in the region of £25,000-£30,000
  • Senior, chartered or master archaeologists can earn in the region of £40,000-£45,000

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




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Progression Opportunities

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