What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Architectural Historian

Posted on September 27, 2011


This is the seventh and last post 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 and Lab Directors positions in Cultural Resource Management CRM (North America). This is all done quantitatively by looking at job postings. This post looks at Architectural Historian positions which is a fringe position in archaeology. It is a position found in CRM but you do not need an archaeology degree or background to get such a position – historians or architectural historians can get the job.

Here is the percent of job posts listing the respected qualification:

Architectural Historian-what it takes to get the job

Architectural Historian-what it takes to get the job

A MA degree (open- archaeology, history, etc.) and previous section 106 experience will help to get this job. Meeting the Secretary of Interior’s qualifications can not hurt either. As for experience there was not enough data to make a definitive statement

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 Architectural Historian were examined and the numbers were compiled above. A total 6 posts were used for the data; duplicate posts were eliminated.