This post is a continuation of a series of posts exploring the pay conditions of different archaeology jobs and the qualifications need to obtain those said jobs. The data is collected from job postings- See here for more details on methodology. The earlier posts looked atfield tech positions and crew chiefs in CRM (North America). This post looks at project managers/project directors/junior archaeologists/project supervisor (there are about a dozen different names for this position but it is really middle management e.g. someone who is in charge of excavations or the lab on projects but is not the very top person like the company owner or senior management). Here is the data on the percent of job posts listing the respected qualification:
There are some clear trends on what it takes to be a project manager: 3-5 yrs of experience; local/regional experience in the area you work; and of course a graduate degree. Everything else will help but they are not usually, less than %25, mentioned in job postings. Of interest is the steep drop in the big three requirements this last year, after all rising over the last decade. This probably has to do with the fact that this year also includes data from archaeologyfieldwork.com instead of just shovelbums.org. It will be interesting to see if this is a small blip or a more accurate representation of what people need to obtain a job like this in archaeology
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.