Playing next. If you are the slightest bit doubtful about becoming an archaeologist, do something else for a while, then come back to graduate school. My classmate just turned 60, and her neice just started LPN school at 58. Good luck. I've never had such horrible luck getting a job myself, and this includes when I was just starting out. The answer is that you only become too old when you can no longer hold a class one medical. It is far from the only aspect of archaeology, some people barely go out into the field for their whole careers, but it will be good for you to see if you have the physical (knees and back, a good eye) and the right mindset. Two key websites for British archaeology are the Current Archaeology website ( ) and BAJR ( ). Damn, it's just about time someone is going to dig you up! People train for many years before they actually become archeologists. They have a great website which outlines the courses of study and costs (which are quite reasonable compared to most post grad programs). Then, when I get famous I can parlay that experience into gig hosting programs about archaeology, and combine both of my big interests. Archaeologist Degree. That is all they want in commercial archaeology - you need to have gained experience in the field before you can do this, a catch 22 I know. I just got my gym membership back just so I … I only recently got involved with one even though i have my degree in archaeology. There are weekend opportunities as well as week long engagements. However, this is where the problem starts, when i finished sixth form, my parents forced me into a Law Degree (I was a weak willed person back then). So now I’m what they call an armchair archaeologist, and today I’m exploring world archaeology via posts to this blog. Or you can try consulting archaeology. Want to know how to start a career in archaeology? Also if the archaeology deparment you learn at is not very good that will not help your academic career. What kind of shape are you in? Confessions of an Archaeologist A Nevada CRM Archaeologist Ancient Maya trash is an archaeologist’s treasure. 2. Thanks for all the responses so far, folks! Look into joining a field school at a nearby university. With those caveats, I say go for it. Keep reading to find out what they had to say! In my case, a background in construction project management gives me some unique advantages in approaching field work and cultural resource administration. The profession has been badly hit by the slump in the construction industry and a significant number of archaeologists have been made redundant. The pay is better (GS-07 with a BA, GS-09 or GS-11 with an MA - salary tables are available online for reference). 1. And the answer is no. Most people’s understanding of archaeology comes from TV shows like Indiana Jones. Depending on where you live, there should be local/county/state archaeological societies that you can join and then volunteer at their field schools. Having just finished a arch degree my first advice is find the professors and the departments that teach the areas of archaeology that you want to know about BEFORE you start your degree. So last summer during one of my excavations I invited him out to help us for a day! There are a lot of amateur archaeological societies in the UK, many of which do their own fieldwork. I’m 52 and have always wanted to be a nurse but after missing the opportunity because of lack of focus believed I am now too old to become a nurse. “Long story short, I am a 30-year-old woman working a full-time job currently. In Summary: Am I Too Old to Become a Nurse? If USA look on shovelbums if you just want to dig, or look for local colleges near you with archaeology programs and just see if any of their digs need extra labour. I saw alot of mature age students go down the purely academic path. I'm in the US, not the UK, so my advice is limited. I know that doing that kind of work in my shape wouldn't be good, but if I were in semi decent shape, I wouldn't feel too old to change careers. I know several people who got involved at your age or later. This will save you any woes as you go on to future study especially as finding a good prof to study under is crucial in giving you a leg up as a mature age student, one that you can attach yourself to and will take you on and give you their extra lab work etc. Get out and pursue the other career options mentioned earlier. I'm planning to enroll in their Master's module myself for the Fall semester. Given the time to get a degree and state of current opportunities, is it worth contemplating? When I decided to pursue archaeology, my dad told me that if he'd had the opportunity to go to post-secondary school and had known archaeology was an option he would have pursued it himself. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The guy in question was 44 years old. For every cool site you work on, you will dig a ton of empty probes or hike a hundred tough miles with no "cool" results to show for it. Still have questions? There are also a number of university excavations which are run as training digs and are open to to the public. Hell, I've been doing it for nearly 15 years now, and I still get a kick just out of digging - making square holes still strikes me as really cool, somehow. Start by asking questions at a university, perhaps. Yikes! It's never too late, but consider that you'll have to be able to hike about 10 miles of rough terrain a day in crazy-hot or crazy-cold weather (if you do CRM), be able to dig and sift a lot of heavy dirt for test units, and drink your face off. An email from an Aliventures reader landed in my inbox with the subject line, “Am I too old to become a writer?” I opened it up, assuming she was in her 70s or 80s. In the mean time, try to read as many books on theories and practices as you can, it will only help you. Assuming you have the money spend your time and find the field school that is in the area of archaeology you want to work in. Age doesn't matter, passion does. (We don't even have field schools in Aus). The second big point is that you don't need to get to the biggest name uni in the world as a mature age, you don't need the most costliest degree and in fact it would be to your advantage to seek out a smaller department with as I said a field and professor who you can attach yourself to. You'll be surprised at how accepting they can be. Ruth Taylor: Senior Archaeologist and Accidental Impeder of Be-suited City Folk Archaeologist Trapped in a Non-Archaeologist World A day in the life of… a community archaeologist! Thanks. If you are willing and able to volunteer for a bit, you should be able to find something eventually. HA jk. So now i'm stuck on this Law Degree and about to start my third year. This can be particularly frustrating in field situations, when things happen quickly and there might not be a lot of time to couch things in really super-polite terms. ;-). But … I also highly recommend attending a summer field school before diving into a degree as the jobs/pay are limited (esp. Don't sweat it, just find out what you need to do to get in the field. I don't know an awful lot of field techs over around 45. I am mainly interested in what kind of work I could be asked to do or be exposed to, with my degree. If you are set on becoming an archaeologist as a career, do your research: know specifically what field you want to go into. I had many good friends who were mature age students and was always happy to assist when asked. I miss that comic. Being a Skin Care Specialist is the best decision I've ever made! Before you start thinking you are too old to be a student again, know that this is not something to be ashamed about. One thing it has taught me is independance and good research skills. That being said, there are tons of ways to get involved in archaeology. That being said, some of the advice here has been spot on about finding work, especially as you're just entering the field. While there are opportunities to work on amazing sites, it is also often backbreaking boring work. To get that experience, you can do field schools (I'm assuming you guys have those; our universities sometimes hold them in your country) or do an internship or volunteer. I totally win (lose?). You are never too old to do what you want. You can sign in to vote the answer. Do you have any nearby archaeological Sites that are open to the public? The world of design is something that’s all-consuming … and hopefully in the best ways possible. It can be hard to get your foot in the door; companies tend to hire familiar faces. I have known several TX archeologists that started their schooling when they retired from their original professions. It's NEVER to late to pursue what you want to become. I've been doing the same(job) thing for 7 years, guess it's time I learned something new! In the US the pay is average, the market over crowded and over experienced. 30 Reasons Why You Should Become An Archaeologist Sometimes it’s not about the school, money, or where you’ll move your family after you graduate. The poster above is correct, though. It is imperative you gain practical training experience during your fieldwork or internship. You should be in decent physical condition as excavations can be pretty demanding and as BleepBloopRobotPoop said it can be hard to find paid work in the beginning. But you do have to take that into account: until the construction industry gets back to normal, there will be very little for archaeologists to do. I turned 37 a few months ago, I am In IT and I am out of shape. However, I know you guys do cultural resource management, too, and if your CRM firms are anything like ours, they care more about experience than your degree. I once read an interesting quote which said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” . I'm in the middle of my MA in archaeology in Europe and I have a few people over the age of 40 in my classes. Do you have practical field experience from volunteering or going on a field school? Feel free to get involved in the tutorials after all thats what they're for just try not to over contribute. At the entry level, it is not typical to find a full time job. His research is done by examining artifacts found in archaeological sites to learn more about the people who left them behind. I work full-time but will be able to complete the course work on my own schedule. Also, CRM is not glamorous archaeology work. You can see if you like it and get some experience that will be really helpful if you do decide to really try to get into archaeology. Although archaeologists do get to travel to cool places, what they are really looking for is information, not treasure. ;-), :( and because i cant do those things my archaeology degree is wasted. They gave another friend the boost he needed to make a change out of the job he has disliked for 23 years and begin physical therapy school, at 60. In archeology, you get all that and sometimes sunburns too! In that case, I would say that you're probably a little late. Am I Too Old to Become a Nurse? I have an MA in archaeology and have worked on projects across lots of Australia and in Papua New Guinea, Kuwait and the UK - I am Australian: For academia, you need to ace your undergrad, ace your MA then ace your PhD, then keep up a steady stream of good academic research, that is publishing articles/conducting fieldwork (the fun part), while at the same time teaching students. This is a sh!tty, sh!tty time to be an archaeologist. I, at 47, am in my second semester of nursing school. with little or no experience would not have much chance. Hi. A bachelors will mainly just give you the basics and qualify you to dig on a crew for very little if any money. I am a commercial archaeologist, but have worked on a bunch of academic projects. The education needed to become an archaeologist ranges from a bachelor’s degree to a Ph.D., depending on the level of responsibility of the specific position. To become an archaeologist, do well in high school and pay extra attention in classes like science and history. Well, so do I. I am 55, and am looking to get out of my business and follow my passion. I'm in the US, where it would NOT be too late; but I don't know about UK. I am the youngest person within my PhD cohort, with the average being around 39. I cannot take another degree since i cannot afford to, and now i'm stuck with a degree that is useless to me. Glad you've found the sense of self to pursue your love. Now you need to find yourself a degree/department. So now i'm stuck on this Law Degree and about to start my third year. I wouldn't trade my career for anything. Bah. Newbie here. With all these great examples of success, the regret is gone and with God on my side I will start with the pre requisite. Okay, so you've got options. Instead of CRM, try to land a government position with the forest service, park service, or a related agency. Too Old to Become a Developer? Oldest one I can remember recently died and she started at 60. This is a brief outline of ten reasons why NOT to become an archaeologist and if you are, then 10 reasons why you should consider getting out quick! Oh, no. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the Archaeology community, Press J to jump to the feed. Last point once you have committed yourself to a department and a degree don't be afraid to engage the younger students. Here are the main US, UK and Aussie job websites for archaeologists. Or if the degree would open up any niches that I could fill. Firstly don't do this unless you have money saved away from your current job and if you can stay on there part time. Which country do you live in? The idea that creativity declines with age is an idea that we need to stop perpetuating. The latter is mostly intended for professionals but it has a very active forum which you may find interesting reading. This is partly because they've moved up the ladder out of the field tech world and into the project management world, and partly because the job can be back breaking at times. and ask them? A professor or museum curator at a large research institution who has a PhD, many years experience, and has produced many publications, may earn $80,000 - $100,000 USD a year. 9:39. My concern is, would I even get hired at that age? This is funny I keep getting getting asked/seeing this question, there are two main paths in archaeology, academia and commercial work: I have worked as an archaeologist for 6 years (not counting time studying). A 30-year-old woman who is considering beauty school in a few years reached out with that exact question, so we went straight to the BTC community for their advice. The link below is for one such project; if you do a bit of searching you will find others. Please reply i am in middle on online exam. I'm still in the field much of the time, leading crews, but I take breaks now and don't try to make it a competion. In order to become an archaeologist, you will need to obtain a Master’s or PhD degree in archaeology. Archaeology projects often require you to work very hard in often very rugged/isolated places, I like that personally, but a lot of people when they get into the field realize its not for them. Having a law degree in your case could also be a plus, as there are so many complex political and legal issues that have to be negotiated in Archaeology and the handling of ancient objects and remains. Every year, most universities on the planet send their archaeologists out with a few to a few dozen students on training expeditions. Not only did he have a chance to try out something he was really interested in, at the age of 64, but I also happened to make a major find in my unit so he was really able to experience the best part of archaeology - discovery! I was lucky because commercial archaeology only started in my home Australian state in 2007 due to a change in cultural heritage legislation. What did you do before? Because of the pre-req courses I would need, I am looking at starting the program in Fall 2013 at 53. Jobs are temporary and you often have to be pretty mobile to be able to take full advantage of job opportunities. I've been interested archaeology since I was a child, although I've never had an opportunity to go on a dig or do anything other than read book and visit a few excavated sites. However I would not recommend trying to get into archaeology as a career at the moment. My advice would be to look up any local digs in your area, or really wherever, and find out if you can volunteer. At first I questioned my age, but I guess it isn't too old. Once you've actually tried it out then decide if you want to spend the time and money on a formal education on the topic. It's definitely rocky, long, and uncertain path to become a professional archaeologist. Being a CRNA is still a physical job. Volunteer to be a guide or docent. I'm turning 35 and getting ready to start my semester as an EMT student. Now I'm here to guide and help you guys follow your dreams of being an esthetician. Field schools are a good place to look too and most of them don't require any previous experience or excessive knowledge, they'll teach you. I think it depends on what kind of experience you already have and what kind of shape youre in! Are their superior races of men and lesser races of men?????? Join Yahoo Answers and get 100 points today. Subsequently we are low paid alcoholics. I can't do that any more. Worrying about whether you're too late is not the issue, the issue is whether you think you love archaeology passionately enough to get there. No, of course not. Paying his bills and scheduled to kill that loan debt soon? Note that I'm not saying this happens all the time, but the hardest thing about running my first crew was the fact that many of the folks on it were much older than me, and didn't really care all that much to be getting direction from someone my age. Not only are archaeologists the lowest paid of all graduates, we are also second to only doctors for problems with alcoholism. You really pretty much need a degree in Archeology to be an Archaeologist but you can do it at any age I'm not entirely sure how you will afford it. Ok here's my advice. I've also worked as an archaeologist for four years now. Then it's not too late. You would usually have to pay a fee to go on one of these. So, Heslop at 38 I doubt very much you are too old. If going to assume your US based so the most important thing here is where you do your degree as US degrees are costly. 7 Tips for Joining After 40. Look at this comic. So go for it. Adventure. Also, work on your writing and researching skills since archaeologists do a lot of that when they're not working in the field. You have to enroll to a massage therapy course in order to become a qualified practitioner. some of the people that are involved with them are amazing at what they do. I am sorry you feel that this year didn't go well but it is probably the exception rather than the norm to get on on the first time of applying.

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