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Archeologists - 19-3091.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Conduct research to reconstruct record of past human life and culture from human remains, artifacts, architectural features, and structures recovered through excavation, underwater recovery, or other means of discovery.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Archaeologist
  • Associate Director
  • Curator
  • Director of Research Center
  • Principal Archaeologist
  • Project Director
  • Research Archaeologist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Assess archeological sites for resource management, development, or conservation purposes and recommend methods for site protection.
  • Clean, restore, and preserve artifacts.
  • Collect artifacts made of stone, bone, metal, and other materials, placing them in bags and marking them to show where they were found.
  • Compare findings from one site with archeological data from other sites to find similarities or differences.
  • Consult site reports, existing artifacts, and topographic maps to identify archeological sites.
  • Create a grid of each site and draw and update maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings.
  • Create artifact typologies to organize and make sense of past material cultures.
  • Describe artifacts' physical properties or attributes, such as the materials from which artifacts are made and their size, shape, function, and decoration.
  • Develop and test theories concerning the origin and development of past cultures.
  • Lead field training sites and train field staff, students, and volunteers in excavation methods.
  • Present findings from archeological research to peers and the general public.
  • Record the exact locations and conditions of artifacts uncovered in diggings or surveys, using drawings and photographs as necessary.
  • Research, survey, or assess sites of past societies and cultures in search of answers to specific research questions.
  • Study objects and structures recovered by excavation to identify, date, and authenticate them and to interpret their significance.
  • Teach archeology at colleges and universities.
  • Write, present, and publish reports that record site history, methodology, and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for conserving and interpreting findings.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Clean objects.
  • Collect archival data.
  • Conduct anthropological or archaeological research.
  • Direct scientific activities.
  • Inspect condition of natural environments.
  • Instruct college students in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
  • Prepare maps.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Historian (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Archeologist