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About Career as an Archaeologist

Archaeology is the combination of two words 'archaios' and 'logos'. The former means ancient things and later means theory of science. Thus, Archaeology is a field of study, which deals with the knowledge about the past civilization. It unveils a rich store of information about the administration, social and political structure, economic organization, religious beliefs and environmental effects of past civilization. This scientific and systematic study of past civilization is done through recovery, analysis and documentation of material remains and environmental data like artifacts, features, landscapes and biofacts. Hence, archaeological inputs are of great importance in conservation of ancient monuments, town planning etc.

Career Prospects of Career as an Archaeologist

The profession of Archaeology offers interesting job opportunities in government as well as in private sectors. In India, students who pass out from the Institute of Archaeology, have brighter career prospects as they are readily absorbed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Archaeologists also can seek jobs in government sectors by taking up competitive examinations conducted by UPSC and SSC. They can also join private environment monitoring companies or similar organizations working in this field. They can seek to be employed in Defense services, museums, art galleries, archives and other cultural and historical centers. A degree holder in Archaeology can works as tourist guides, heritage managers, interpreters, resource persons of trip organizers in the tourism industry. After obtaining Doctoral degree one can take up teaching and research work. Archaeologists can even seek employment in other disciplines as historians, linguists and surveyors and as specialists like Numismatists (study of coins) and Epigraphists (study of ancient inscriptions). Archaeology graduates have great scope of jobs in abroad. Here they work as curators, heritage conservators, archivists or even as teachers.

Skills & Education Required for Career as an Archaeologist

It is preferable for candidates to have a background of ancient history and culture. A 10+2 pass student is eligible for Bachelor course in Archaeology. After graduation he/she can opt for a Post graduate Diploma in this subject. Archaeology is a rewarding career opportunity for those who have an analytical bend of mind, a keen desire to know about the past, perceptive and probing mind, keen observation, analytical and logical thinking, adaptable to physical stress and a lot of patience.

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  • I'm astudent of bca but i'm interesting in archelogyst can i study about for it after my bca. because bca is my proffesional but i want my professional and personal as archeologyst. Posted By : Runita Chakraborty, on 29-11-2010 22:29:34 Report Abuse

  • i have intrest Posted By : lakshmi srikanth y, on 17-05-2010 14:56:04 Report Abuse

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