This is the sixth post (one more to go) in a series exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology. The earlier posts looked at field tech positions, crew chiefs, Middle Management, dedicated GIS Tech, and Principle Investigator/Senior Archaeologist positions in Cultural Resource Management CRM (North America). This is all done quantitatively by looking at job postings. This post looks at Lab Director positions (not every company has such a position but several are offered every year- 6 in 2010).
Here is the percent of job posts listing the respected qualification:
Looking at the job requirements of in job postings, lab director is not that hard of a position to get. A degree and a few years of archaeology expereince is all that is really need. That and you would need to learn how to operate databases such as Microsoft Access (not that hard).
Will meeting these requirements get you the job? NO, there are no guarantees. Most of these requirements are check boxes of the bare minimum. Meaning you must have at least these qualifications to be considered for a job.
Methodology – jobs postings on the job website Shovelbums was examined for the year 2010. All postings involving Lab Directors were examined and the numbers were compiled above. A total 6 posts were used for the data; duplicate posts were eliminated.