Changes in US laws and, more recently, in European laws that require construction project "Cultural Resource Management" have dramatically improved job prospects for trained archeologists. Most working archeologists are now employed in CRM, and many work for CRM companies that have long-term government contracts or contracts with major construction firms. You also no longer have to teach to be an archeologist -- you can do archeology all year! It's not Schliemann at Troy, but its steady work in a field that was formerly notorious for underemployment (and Schliemann was a fraud anyway). There are now more jobs than trained people, and it's likely to stay that way for a while -- long enough for anyone starting now to get through the education process.
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