Archaeologists study human activity in the past, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data left behind, which includes artefacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes (the archaeological record).

    A bachelor degree in archaeology or a related field is needed to work as an Archaeologist. Many Archaeologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Uses aerial photography to locate sites that are suitable for excavation and/or digging (for artifacts).
    • Plans and organises surveys and excavations within a particular archaeological site.
    • Conducts field work (digging for artifacts) using tools such as pickaxes, brushes and bulldozers.
    • Carries out examination, documentation and preservation of artifacts.
    • Performs analysis and interpretation of archaeological data and findings.
    • Writes reports about the data and findings for publication.
    • Creates virtual simulations of how artifacts or archaeological sites would have looked in the past.

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    • $1,942 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Archaeologists

    • 430 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 51% female Gender Share

    This is an emerging occupation, included in the Australian Census for the first time in 2016

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Archaeologists work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 51% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services76.1
    Public Administration and Safety8.7
    Education and Training5.8
    Mining2.4
    Other Industries7.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateArchaeologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW39.031.6
    VIC29.825.6
    QLD8.220.0
    SA3.17.0
    WA10.810.8
    TAS3.12.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT6.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketArchaeologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-245.0-9.39.3
    25-3427.7-22.922.9
    35-4427.9-22.022.0
    45-5421.7-21.621.6
    55-598.5-9.09.0
    60-645.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationArchaeologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate40.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree56.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 122.7-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in archaeology or a related field is needed to work as an Archaeologist. Many Archaeologists complete postgraduate studies.

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    1. History and Archeology

      97% Skill level

      Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

    2. Sociology and Anthropology

      90% Skill level

      Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

    3. English Language

      78% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Geography

      78% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

    5. Education and Training

      71% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      98% Important

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

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    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      87% Important

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    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      83% Important

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    5. Contact With Others

      82% Important

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