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Is it foolish to pursue a career in archaeology?

Is it foolish to pursue a career in archaeology? Topic: Career planning case studies
May 23, 2019 / By Jaquelyn
Question: It's always been my dream to become an archaeologist, or at least study archaeology and pursue a similar career (such as museum curator, work in artifact preservation, etc.). Lately I've been having doubts about pursuing this as a legitimate career. I've always gotten both positive and negative feedback when I tell people what I want to do. People think it's cool, but I'm always told that I'll never make any money, or I'll never find a job. I've looked up statistics, and have seen that although the field is small, it's growing. But I don't know much else about it. Archaeology is my passion, and I'd love to follow my dream. However, I also want to think realistically, and I'm worried that I won't have a future if I continue with it. I'm currently a high school senior, and I'd like to figure out what I want to do when I choose a college, which I really need to be doing soon. Can anyone provide me with some helpful advice? Anyone that either works in the field, or has had little success in this field? Should I seek out something more stable, like a history teacher? How much travel would be required for an archaeologist? I know this is a long question, but some help from knowledgeable people would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
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Eugenia Eugenia | 10 days ago
You could get a teaching degree and teach it if they offer such a thing. If you really want to do that, talk to an adviser and create a back up plan like having a teaching degree (whether you are a professor or high-school teacher) in case it does not turn out to be something that you like to do. I say go for it, just have something else to keep your options open. Also consider doing internships with that interests and find a mentor to guide you
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Eugenia Originally Answered: Should I pursue this career?
You seem to have a very unrealistic understanding of an acting career. You'll probably have a better chance of being remembered as affecting the lives of people as a nurse than being remembered for being in a movie. There are not a bunch of open auditions for mainstream movie that you can just show up at until you're "discovered" or something. For most professional work you have to be invite to audition, usually through a talent agent. And you can't just hire a talent agent. Legitimate agents are paid on commission, getting a percentage of what their clients make. Since they are paid only if the actor books a professional job, they're picky about who they take on as clients. And they can be picky because there are a lot more people wanting to be actors than there are roles. Agents are looking for actors who are serious about acting, not those who just want to be in a movie so someone might remember them. It is show BUSINESS after all and people are in it to make money. So if you're just wanting to see if anything happens - like a lottery approach to acting - then you can go to NY and see what open auditions you find. There might be some student films or independent films you could try to - but competition is stiff for those too. Honestly, it's unlikely that you'll even get anything in those. Even for that type of work you need a head shot and acting resume.to convince people to give you an audition. If you're more serious about wanting to an actor, you can do the research to learn the business end of acting and what's involved. (http://www.backstage.com/actor101/ is a helpful website.) So I think you have to have a much better understanding of what is involved in a professional acting career before you can decide whether or not you want to try it. Good luck.

Clementine Clementine
If you are extremely talented and highly motivated, willing to devote every waking hour to study, forgo any social life, then you may have a future in anthropology. I like poetry. I decided to be more practical and study science. Who would have thought that running a business, or heavy equipment owner operator would have been more lucrative. Anthropology has been an avocation. I enjoy it just as much without the degree. In fact they say choose an area that interests you. Get a higher degree in it and you'll hate it! There is some truth to that. Top down where are the jobs? Well, they aren't in the USA unless we get a libertarian president. There will be jobs for geologists and well loggers in the oil industry. Geology is a good fit with anthropology. Politics is a practical application of anthropology, law, sociology, and psychology. Religion is a practical anthropology. Police work is practical anthropology. The latest greatest anthropology hypothesis is from Professor Eugene McCarthy, University of Georgia. He proposes that humans are a hybrid of pigs and chimps. He has convincing evidence. You should read his work because I say he has closed the book on anthropology. Modern anthropology requires a degree in genetic engineering. Think about that as an option.
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Bekki Bekki
I think you’re asking great questions as it’s important to do your research before starting a career. One thing I would suggest is researching people who are already in archaeology. Social media is a great way to find people who are already doing what you love. Follow them, get conversational with them and if appropriate, ask for an informational interview. Tell them you’re interested in pursuing it as a career and ask if they would be willing to answer 5 questions around it. People love to talk about what they do and will tell you the pros and cons of the job if you ask. The more information you gather, the easier it will be for you to make a decision. Good luck! Gina Gomez is a life coach specializing in helping people manage career decisions and transitions.  Find out what moves you at ginagomez.com or follow Gina on Facebook at ginagomezwhatmovesyou and Twitter @mginagomez.
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Adolpha Adolpha
Fiscally? Probably. But if it interests you, and you feel like it would serve you, and whomever you teach a purpose, then why not? Educate yourself and pursue what you feel you need to.
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Terah Terah
"it's growing" Not really. How much money do you see the government and universities allocating to this in the future?
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Terah Originally Answered: HELP! I don't know what career to pursue?
The first thing to remember is nothing is permanent. I started life out wanting to be a teacher but when I finally got into it I really didn't like it. I then moved onto computer repair and software and yet again, didn't like the end result. I am finally working as an Insurance Agent and Tax Preparer and I love it! With the good in any job there are going to be way more bad things to go with it. I enjoy helping people and I find that helping in their financial situations help them prepare and plan for their futures. Not to mention the futures of their children and possibly grandchildren. I think to be a Nurse you have to really keep the focus on all the good you are doing but not get discouraged when you see some of the bad too. When your in college you will have a year or two of just basic classes that need to be completed before you truly have to pick a route of what you want to do, and like I said, nothing is permanent. You can always change your major or minor but the most important thing is that your happy with what your doing. I wish you lots of luck in all your future endeavors! p.s. there are some websites that will help you choose a career path based on your likes and dislikes. Here is one I found. http://www.careerpath.com/

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