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 activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 32%
Part-time work 26%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 12%
Part-time study 6%
Travel 6%
Something else 3%
Unemployed 15%

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.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Health and social work 4
Recruitment 2
Wholesale and retail 2
Education 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
  • Onalytica

Examples of occupations

  • Prospecting Agent
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Charity Consultant
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Social Media Analyst

Further study

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 typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 2
Postgraduate taught degree 2
Postgraduate certificate 2
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

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