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 46 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 78%
|Most important activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Due to start work||0%|
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.
|Employment sector||Number of graduates|
|Health and social work||4|
|Wholesale and retail||2|
|Other sectors (7 sectors)||10|
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
- NFU Mutual
- Dartmouth Partners
- TRIBE Freedom Foundation
- James Howes and Co
Examples of occupations
- Prospecting Agent
- Recruitment Consultant
- Charity Consultant
- Trainee Chartered Accountant
- Social Media Analyst
Six graduates were in further study six months after graduation, undertaking courses including Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (MA), Real Estate (MSc) and Archaeology and Anthropology (MPhil).
|Qualification type||Number of graduates|
|Postgraduate research degree||2|
|Postgraduate taught degree||2|
|No qualification aim||0|
Explore your career options
You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?
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