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Careers in Archeology


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It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you
develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest
impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some key skills and knowledge you will acquire as a result
of your university education and your focus on Archaeology.

                              SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE SKILLS

‘ Knowledge of how to make detailed observations in order to gather accurate data and information
‘ Techniques to professionally uncover, study and preserve physical evidence and information
‘ The ability to create detailed archives and documents based upon research and observation
‘ An understanding of how to examine past events to better interpret and understand culture and society
‘ Awareness of how to identify and examine the differences between various cultures and societies
‘ Skills to re-create historical incidents to facilitate a greater understanding of past events comprehensive
  reports and presentations and educational resources
‘ Knowledge of how to conduct and develop surveys and effectively interview and observe individuals,
  from different backgrounds, in order to gather key information to understand situations or events
‘ Skills in the collection and cataloguing of individual, cultural and historical information and data

Regardless of your major, a university education enables you to develop a wide range of valuable ‘transferable
skills’. It is often because of these ‘transferable skills’ that employers seek university graduates .

                          VALUABLE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Information-gathering and Communication Skills
” The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
” The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or
  unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
” Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
” The ability to develop effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills
” The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
” The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
” Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for,
  identify and consider all sides of an issue
” Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support
  and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills
” Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing,
  through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
” An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
” The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including
  determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing tasks

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 T Archivist                         T Exhibit Planner/Co-ordinator           T Forensic Analyst
 T Underwater Archaeologist          T Public Archaeologist                   T Principal Investigator
 T Field Technician                  T Artifact Illustrator                   T Archaeozoologist
 T Urban Planner                     T Historical Site Interpreter            T Researcher
 T Field Supervisor                  T Geoarchaeologist                       T Archaeobotanist
 T GIS Technician                    T Historical Site Guide                  T Policy Analyst
 T Editor/Technical Writer           T Accident Scene Investigator            T Travel Writer
 T Laboratory Technician             T Cultural Resources Specialist          T Public Educator
 T Crime Scene Analyst               T Site/Land Surveyor                     T Program Director
 T Heritage Assessor                 T Environmental Impact Assessor          T Building Site Inspector
 T Park/Tour Guide                   T Librarian/Library Technician           T Developmental Consultant
 T Underwriter/Adjuster              T Media Researcher/Advisor               T Documentary Consultant
 T X-Ray Technician                  T Medical Researcher                     T Resettlement Worker
 T Medical Technician                T Health Records Supervisor              T Medical Administrator
 T Events Promoter/Planner           T Community Relations Co-ordinator       T Grant Fund Administrator
 T Marketing Developer               T International Business Manager         T Cultural Needs Researcher
 T PropsMaster/Authenticator         T Preservationist/Restorer               T Media Consultant
 T Actuary/Insurance                 T Opinion Researcher/Statistician        T Social Worker

Potential Employers
 T Municipalities                     T Market Research Organizations      T Parks/Historical Sites
 T Universities                       T Governments                        T Museums
 T Research Organizations             T Media Organizations                T Construction Companies
 T Libraries/Archives                 T Development Organizations          T Heritage Foundations
 T Hospitals/Medical Centres          T Insurance Companies                T Public Relations Firms

 T Canadian Archaeology Association                  
 T Archaeological Survey of Canada                   
 T Parks Canada                                      
 T Canadian Association of Palynologists             
 T Society for Historical Archaeology                
 T Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
 T The Ontario Archaeological Society                
 T ARCHAEOEXPEDITIONS                                
 T The Heritage Canada Foundation                    
 T World Wide E-mail Directory of Anthropologists    
 T Society of Industrial Archaeology                 
 T EarthWorks Jobs                                   
 T Jobs In Archaeology                               
 T Canadian Museum Associations                      
 T The Appraisal Institute of Canada                 
 T Bureau of Canadian Archivests                     
 T The Association of Canadian Archivists            

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