Department of Archaeology

Careers for archaeology graduates

A degree in archaeology equips you with skills highly valued across many sectors. 

Core skills

  • Strong team working
  • Numerical, statistical, IT and analytical skills
  • Ability to process and critically evaluate data
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to apply theoretical and scientific principles to problems

Subject specific skills

  • Field work
  • Post-excavation and laboratory techniques
  • Interpretation of spatial data

Archaeology careers factsheet

Employers talk about the skills Arts students can gain from studying a subject that they love and how these can benefit them in the future.

My degree gave me the broad base and the confidence to always take on a challenge.

Richard Bale, BA Ancient History and Archaeology
Executive Director - Head of Business Resiliency EMEA


Successful graduates

Some of our ex-students tell how their time here launched them into successful careers.

Graduate profiles

Work experience

Our fieldwork opportunities help you gain valuable practical and employment skills.



Careers and employability advice

We offer specialist advice from subject-specific careers experts.

Careers and Employability Service

Nottingham Advantage Award

Get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular modules designed to enhance employability.

Advantage Award


Some careers our graduates have gone into include:

  • Conservation, heritage and environmental protection officers
  • Managers and personnel officers
  • Digital content producers
  • Outdoor pursuits instructors
  • Teachers and lecturers
  • Public relations officers
  • Public service associate professionals
  • Social science researchers
  • Web developers and producers
  • University researchers and lecturers

The independent view

We’re consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report.

University of the Year 2017 Graduate Employment


Further study



Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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