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Average annual pay: $64,290
Tell someone you're an archaeologist, and it may conjure up visions of people digging in deserts to unearth ancient bones. However, archaeologists also are employed whenever federal money is used for a project, such as to construct a new road. Before any construction can start, the archaeological significance of a particular parcel of land must be assessed.
Jobs aren't as abundant as they are in the legal or medical fields, so archaeologists are projected to have slower than average job growth from 2014 to 2024, according to the BLS.
Archaeologists typically have a 4-year degree, a master's degree -- and in some cases a doctorate in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology -- and can work on diverse jobs from surveying a pipeline being constructed to a new shopping mall being built, says Joel Irish, a professor in the anthropology department at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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