Browsing All Posts filed under »Archaeology the Profession«

How Many People Have US Anthropology Degrees? – The number might surprise you, or not.

July 17, 2014


We have just passed an important milestone in the life of an Anthropologist, graduation season. Starting in May and running through June universities in America will harvest a new crop of Anthropology graduates (Archaeology is a part of Anthropology in the US). Some of these new graduates will be apprehensive about getting a job, some […]

How Many People in the US Have Archaeology Degrees? Significantly more than a bakers dozen

July 11, 2014


‘How many people have got an archaeology degree in the US?’ People ask this question for a variety of reasons, like knowing how many people you have to compete with to get a job, how many people might be very interested in Archaeology, or they are practicing for a quiz style game-show like ¬†Jeopardy, Who […]

With each passing year your degree means less and less and less and less…….

November 18, 2013


‘A Bachelors is the new high school degree. Soon you will need one to get a job at McDonalds’ – unknown I remember several years ago that someone told me that. Unfortunately, it has come to pass for archaeology that this is true. Continuing on my examination of the Profiling the Profession data, the last […]

Jobs in British Archaeology 2012-13 (draft)

October 28, 2013


Just finished up remaking the figures for the annual Jobs in British Archaeology article. Hopefully at some point in the near future it will be in an issue of The Archaeologist. I have redone the figures with a table-graph?. I am not sure what to call it. However, it really captures the distribution of pay […]

I, for one, welcome our new female overlords in Archaeology

October 24, 2013


Archaeology, it’s a women’s world. Ok, slight exaggeration but not by too much. For years there has been concern about the male domination of archaeology, especially when other professions quickly gained more equal gender ratios following the women’s rights movement and archaeology did not. The latest Profiling the Profession report (which I will be posting […]

Archaeologists, the Whitest People I Know

October 15, 2013


Archaeologists are probably the whitest people I know. Actually, now that I am living in Scotland, archaeologist are the darkest people I know. Having a job that requires you out in the sun, or grey overcast (it is Scotland) all day means that many archaeologists develop tans. I use that term tan loosely in Scotland […]

#freearchaeology- How do you know you really want to work in Archaeology?

October 8, 2013


If you have a spare moment I recommend reading¬† ‘& Even More Thoughts on Getting a Job in the Cultural Heritage¬†Sector‘ over at Archaeology, Museums & Outreach ( It is an interview with Carol Ellick about getting work in the Cultural Heritage Sector. It is an excellent piece to read. Full disclosure- I took the […]