What do they do?

Marine archaeology deals with the remains of human history that lie on or beneath the sea bed, along shorelines, and in lake beds.

Salary Range.

Ranging from $30,000 for lower-level technicians to $90,000 for upper-level management and academic positions. Pay also depends on the level of education, training, experience, location, and budget.

Education Required.

Underwater archaeologists require a master’s or a doctorate degree in anthropology and gain experience in a range of other subjects related to the field, such as oceanography, history, geology, and chemistry.

Skills Required.

Expertise from archaeology, marine earth sciences, diving, navigation, and remote sensing. Also have to be aware to the surrounding aquatic life.

Additional Training Required.

Field experience both on land and underwater. Enroll in a dive training course in order to become a certified diver. Afterwards, they can begin their training as an underwater archaeologist by enrolling in an underwater archaeology field school.

Average work hours/week.

Full time permanent jobs as an underwater archaeologist are very difficult to come by. But if you do, you work approx. 8 hours a day, and on weekends if needed.

Amount of physical activity.

Marine Archeologist swim, lift, dig, and almost every other physical activity other than running or walking.

Working Conditions.

Underwater and in hostile environments.

Interest or Personal Qualities.

It is important to have an innate, consistent curiosity about people and culture, a desire to do a thorough, detailed job, and share your findings with the public and have patience.

Specific Education Programs.

Only about fifteen universities nationwide offer degrees in underwater archaeology. Some are:

University of Oxford

University of Arizona

Ball State University

Boston University

University of Chicago.

Current Employment trends.

Suspected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 1,400 new jobs over the 10-year period.

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