We surveyed 657 archaeologists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical archaeologist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an archaeologist?

Low

High

Working as an archaeologist typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that archaeologists are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become an archaeologist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an archaeologist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an archaeologist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as an archaeologist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for archaeologists.

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Do archaeologists work full-time or part-time?

51% of archaeologists work in full-time roles while 49% work part-time.

Is being an archaeologist stressful?

Low

High

Archaeologists tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an archaeologist?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an archaeologist.

How competitive is the workplace for archaeologists?

Low

High

Archaeologists see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being an archaeologist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for archaeologists.

Are archaeologists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Archaeologists rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do archaeologists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Archaeologists tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an archaeologist physically demanding?

Low

High

Being an archaeologist may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are archaeologists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Archaeologists tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being an archaeologist require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an archaeologist.

Does being a good archaeologist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an archaeologist.