Archaeology graduate destinations

Archaeology students develop a wide range of skills from their academic study where the analysis of written and statistical data is developed. The practicals, fieldwork and project work, which are a feature of this degree, will build teamworking, communication and technical skills which are transferable to many occupations including finance, IT and teaching.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Archaeology courses (BA and UGDip)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 40 UK graduates from 2015/16; this is a response rate of 85.1%

Sector information

Those students who wish to work as an Archaeologist need to ensure that their vocationally specific skills, such as excavation methods, surveying, and recording techniques, are kept up-to-date and supervisory skills are honed in order to progress. It is important to build a network of contacts, particularly in the early years of a career when employment contracts are often short-term.

Employers and occupations

Many posts require a specialist postgraduate qualification such as maritime archaeology, landscape archaeology or osteoarchaeology. Other graduates choose to enter careers that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Examples of employers

  • Humber Field Archaeologist
  • Living DNA
  • Conde Nast
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Historic England

Examples of occupations

  • Archaeologist
  • Account Executive
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Officer

Further study

Six graduates were in further study six months after graduation, undertaking courses including Publishing (MA), Development and Security (MSc) and Archaeology (MPhil).

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