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Archeology

217 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
47 Master's Degrees Annually
#247 in Popularity
$94,080 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Archeology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many archeology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 217
Master’s Degree 47
Doctor’s Degree 33
Basic Certificate 30
Graduate Certificate 4
Associate’s Degree 3
Undergraduate Certificate 1

What Archeology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to archeology were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Archeology Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Archeology Majors

A major in archeology prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Archeology Majors

As you progress with your archeology degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Archeology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with archeology:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Anthropology and Archeology Professors 9.9% $83,940
Archeologists 3.9% $62,410
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Archeology?

217 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
67% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 217 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in archeology in 2018, making it rank #247 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 67% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of archeology majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Archeology Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 173
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 14

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Archeology. About 2.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Taiwan
  • Mexico

How Much Do Archeology Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that archeology students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $19,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $19,700 (25th percentile) and $19,700 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a archeology degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $65,310 to $115,590 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to archeology. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Archeology Major  ( 65310 to 115590 )
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Some careers associated with archeology require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for archeology careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.4%
Some College Courses 0.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.5%
Master’s Degree 20.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.9%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.9%
Doctoral Degree 39.4%

Online Archeology Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 74 schools offered some type of archeology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 13 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 13 0
Master’s Degree 16 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Archeology Worth It?

The median salary for a archeology grad is $94,080 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 136% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,083,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to archeology.

Major Number of Grads
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908
Anthropology 12,008
Criminology 9,624
Geography & Cartography 8,717
Other Social Sciences 2,935
Urban Studies 1,524
Sociology & Anthropology 499
Demography & Population Studies 76
Rural Sociology 33

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