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    Default Becoming An Archaeologist

    Uncovering history has got to be one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs in the world. History and geography are my two favourite subjects at school and I want to become an archaeologist eventually. My mum and dad don’t know anything about archaeologists so I need to know what route to take in college and university. I only ever see old men as archaeologists on the TV so I am guessing it takes ages to become one. Does anybody know anything that can help me down this road?

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    Default How To Become An Archaeologist

    Archaeologist is somebody I would also like to become, can please somebody enlighten me how to become one, is it easy process and what it involves?

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    Archaeologists spend most of their time researching the sites of historic events, and also excavating various dig sites in hopes of finding artefacts from eras gone by. Becoming an archaeologist is not quite that easy, but at the end of it all you will have a rewarding job that takes you all over the world in search of the past.

    Schooling

    During your undergraduate years, you will want to major in history, anthropology, or archaeology, depending on which your school offers. Archaeology is an extremely competitive field, so it is important to make sure you get excellent grades. A 4.0 GPA is not an official requirement in most cases, but it will go a long way toward getting you the job you are after.

    Once you have completed your bachelor's degree, and you are ready to apply for graduate school, it is important to apply to the right schools.

    Look for schools that are actively involved in excavating dig sites. The money for those excavations comes from grants, and the only schools to get those grants are ones with excellent reputations for turning out excellent archaeologists. In other words, if a school is actively involved in excavating dig sites, it is probably a great school for a budding archaeologist.

    Ultimately you will want to get your doctorate as soon as you can. Your master's degree will get you started in the field, but your doctorate will be your key to a strong career.

    Other Requirements

    While you are in school, expect to do a lot of 'grunt work'. Ask to work on your professors' dig sites, but do so with the knowledge that you will likely be doing menial tasks. It may not seem worth it, but ultimately you will get valuable field experience this way. It is also a good idea to take jobs in museums and at local dig sites during your college years. In short, anything you can do to get field experience is good for your career.

    The process of becoming an archaeologist is quite time consuming, but the profession is very rewarding. If you study and work hard you will get a good, fulfilling and stable career in archaeology.

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    First of all congratulations! Archaeology is a fascinating subject, and one that I am sure you will enjoy for the rest of your life. Even if you don’t end up a professional or full-time archaeologist, you will never regret the time spent in archaeological study. Archaeology, with its multidisciplinary approach, makes a good background to other professions; many successful lawyers, accountants, government officials, teachers and businesspeople start out as archaeology students.

    -Read Dr. Dig: http://www.digonsite.com/drdig/archaeologists/31.html

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