How about a career that involves both crime AND history?
Traditionally, an archaeologist is someone who digs for artifacts and attempts to discover ancient cities to tell the rest of us how previous people and cultures lived in the past. Archaeologists bring history back to life so that the rest of us can enjoy the accomplishments of our ancestors. This line of work is sometimes referred to as anthropological archeology.
Alternatively, if you're interested in law and solving mysteries, you may want to consider a career in forensic archeology. Forensic archaeologists dig through modern or ancient crime scenes to uncover and inspect evidence, which in turn will help solve the mystery of "whodunit."Forensic archeology professionals play an important role in modern law enforcement as well as solving crimes of the past. Some forensic archaeologists have even been featured in documentaries concerned with investigating and solving the crimes of ancient history or those committed in more recent times.
What the two fields have in common is the interlacing of clues to create a picture of what happened. Other than that, the two fields are incredibly different. Most people are not even aware of the forensic side of archeology!
To find work as an archaeologist, you will need at least a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Generally, archeology degrees are focused more on the historical or anthropological side than the forensic side. For a career in forensic archeology you may also want to consider a criminal justice program.
With a degree in archeology, you're not destined to spend your days sifting through sand in the hot sun looking for an ancient city. You can work in a college, university, museum, law enforcement agency, or even as a consultant.
To work in a college/university, you'll need a Ph. D and you may be required to "publish or perish," so be sure if you want to go this route, you enjoy researching, analyzing, and reporting your findings in addition to teaching from experience and a textbook. While you may have summers off from classroom work, you can obtain grants to do research in the field.
In a museum, you'll be required to have at least a Master's degree. Here, your life will be similar to that of a professor. You'll be researching, reporting on your findings, and giving lectures to the public. Like to be a little creative? You'll be designing the displays too.
Consultant work will cover everything from field positions that require a B.A. to cultural resources management work that requires a Master's degree. There are also many opportunities to work in government positions.
You may be surprised by the salary connected to careers in archeology. According to JobForge.com, the average salary for an archaeologist as of February 6, 2008 was $64,000. A supervisory archaeologist could make roughly $84,000. These figures do not necessarily reflect income potential for forensic archaeologists.
Once you determine the field you're most interested in, do a bit more research (dig a little!) to find out what amount you can reasonably expect to earn.
Helping to track down people who "steal history" could be yet another career option. As part of international law enforcement efforts to stop the theft of stolen or illegally acquired antiquities you could be a guardian of the past, thus preserving history for the future. INTERPOL and the FBI are two examples of agencies with specialists actively engaged in hunting real tomb raiders, site thieves, black market antiquity traders, and recovering artifacts.
Other careers that may interest you include historian, anthropologist, crime writer, historical writer, mystery fiction writer, and documentary film maker or producer.
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Good luck digging up your future!