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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

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

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • archaeological consulting firms
  • development/non-profit organizations
  • educational institutions
  • engineering firms with archaeological departments
  • environmental firms with archaeological departments
  • government
  • heritage foundations
  • libraries/archives
  • market research firms
  • media organizations
  • municipalities
  • museums
  • parks/historical sites
  • public relations firms
  • research firms

Online Resources

  • Canadian Archaeological Association
  • Ontario Archaeology Society
  • Canadian Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Earthworks-Jobs
  • Canadian Museums Association
  • Association of Canadian Archivists
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Classical Association of Canada

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • field archaeologist
  • museum tour guide
  • technical support specialist

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Classical Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Museum Studies, Osteoarchaeology.
  • College program: GIS and Urban Planning, Museum and Gallery Studies.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • archaeologist
  • field director
  • geomatic specialist
  • heritage cartographer
  • museum curator
  • staff archaeologist

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

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.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • 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 Skills

  • Acquire, digest and critically evaluate scholarly arguments, the assumptions behind them, and their theoretical and empirical components.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.