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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • field archaeologist
  • artefact analyst
  • lab technician
  • collections curator
  • historical preservation specialist
  • technical writer
  • archaeological site surveyor
  • cultural heritage assessor
  • GIS specialist
  • program director
  • public archaeologist
  • forensic analyst
  • community relations coordinator
  • crime scene investigator
  • exhibit designer
  • geoarchaeologist
  • historical interpreter
  • librarian
  • tour/park guide
  • underwater archaeologist
  • urban planner

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • professional archaeological consulting companies
  • professional engineering firms with archaeological departments
  • educational institutions
  • government
  • heritage foundations
  • municipalities
  • museums
  • parks/historical sites
  • development/non-profit organizations
  • libraries/archives
  • research firms

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

27 Archaeology and Heritage Studies Graduates:

  • Employed: 54.5%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 36.4%
  • Looking for Work: 4.5%
  • Other: 4.5%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • account manager
  • archaeological field technician
  • field archaeologist
  • junior archaeologist
  • survey technician

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Anthropology, Archaeology, Information and Museum Studies, Public Health.
  • College program: Applied Museum Studies.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • archaeologist
  • field director
  • fund development coordinator
  • geomatic specialist
  • heritage cartographer
  • museum curator
  • osteoarchaeologist

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

Functional Knowledge

  • Understand and appreciate the legacy of archaeology on modern Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures.
  • Acquire an understanding of the concept of stewardship in archaeology: preserving non-renewable cultural resources through policy, law and public education.
  • Display a broad understanding of the historical development of human culture and apply this information with sensitivity and an appreciation for diversity in prehistoric, historic and modern cultures.
  • Develop an awareness of intercultural influences and exchanges between different culture groups, and the mechanisms through which these operated in the past.
  • Develop a professional ethos in archaeology that is engaged and integrative, and will enhance the operationalization of responsible scientific research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the formation of the archaeological record and acquire skills to conduct archaeological excavation: how to record, investigate, analyze and interpret archaeological derived remains.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork 

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication 

  • Produce and express coherent, persuasive and innovative written studies (using relevant literature) with attention to academic integrity and respect for diversity, including contrary opinions and ideas.
  • Develop interesting and informative reports and presentations using current technology for diverse audiences.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • Acquire, digest and critically evaluate scholarly arguments, the assumptions behind them, and their theoretical and empirical components.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Identify and distinguish the steps involved in carrying out quantitative and qualitative research using available library and Internet resources, as well as primary materials, including literary, historical and archaeological sources.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.

 

Laurier Grads Are Successful
Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)
Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

9 Anthropology Graduates:
Employed: 22.2%
Pursuing Further Education: 77.8%