Maritime Archaeologist

What Does A Maritime Archaeologist Do?

A maritime archaeologist does historical research related to maritime issues. This can involve book-related research as well as scuba diving to inspect underwater sites including ship wrecks.

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How Do I Become A Maritime Archaeologist?

A master’s degree in history, archaeology, or a related field is required to obtain this position. A doctorate may make a person more competitive during the job search. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. Earning a doctorate may require an additional two-three years of college work.

What is the Average Salary For A Maritime Archaeologist?

High – 99,000
Median – 63,000
Low – 36,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Maritime Archaeologist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • History
  • Scuba Diving

What Is The Work Environment For A Maritime Archaeologist?

Maritime archaeologists typically work for research, scientific, or engineering consulting firms,

What Is The Future Outlook For A Maritime Archaeologist?

There will likely be a lot of competition for these positions because of the small number of related job opportunities.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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