Careers in Archaeology


Current students - for indepth information about careers, internships, work experience and the transferrable skills your archaeological degree will give you, go to the (internal SSO required) CAREERS PORTAL page.

Our alumni hold posts in universities, museums, galleries and heritage organisations around the world. The BA Archaeology and Anthropology degree equips our students with a unique set of knowledge and skills and a deep appreciation for the diversity of human cultural experience which is essential for a successful career in today's globalised world. This is reflected in the variety of careers members of the School have gone on to succeed in in other fields including: advertising, conservation, television, journalism, theatre, teaching, charities, marketing, communictations, financial services, the civil service and the legal profession.

The University of Oxford Careers Service provides free information and impartial advice on any careers-related topic - from choosing a course of further study to making job applications, and from deciding what career would suit you to finding opportunities to develop your skills. As a student (or alumni) at Oxford you can access Career Connect (the password-protected area of their website using your Single Sign-on password).  There you can book appointments with their advisers, download Wetfeet guides, search their extensive database of job vacancies and internships, and, browse their calendar of upcoming careers events. With nearly a third of Oxford's leavers continuing into further study, the Careers Service's website also includes guidance specifically focused on issues to consider when looking at these options.


Useful sites for searching for archaeological fieldwork and commercial archaeology roles

Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin

Archaeology Abroad

Archaeology Skills Passport 

BAJR career guide (.pdf) for archaeologists

BABAO - British Association for Biological Anthropology & Osteoarchaeology 

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists - CIfA is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas.

Council for British Archaeology

CSCS Card for the Archaeologist (BAJR .pdf guide) - Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) Cards are essential for archaeologists who work on development sites. Apply for the White/Grey CSCS card (Construction Related Occupation) and you must pass the Operative CSCS Health and Safety Test.

Current Archaeology

Discover Anthropology (career paths)

European Association of Archaeologists

Past Horizons