Message #193:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Archaeologist Pay and Job Prospects
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 08:46:06 -0700

[ Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- SASIG Ed. ]

Social Scientists [clipped]

Working Conditions [clipped]
 Some social scientists do fieldwork. For example, anthropologists,
archaeologists, and geographers often travel to remote areas, live among
the people they study, learn their languages, and stay for long periods
at the site of their investigations. They may work under rugged
conditions, and their work may involve strenuous physical exertion.

Social scientists held about 259,000 jobs in 1994. [clipped]

Job Outlook
Employment of social scientists is expected to grow faster than the
average for all occupations through the year 2005, due to concern over
the environment, crime, the increasingly competitive global economy, and
a wide range of other issues. [clipped] All other social scientists
combined, including anthropologists, geographers, historians, political 
scientists, and sociologists, should experience average
growth. Most job openings, however, will result from the need to replace
social scientists who transfer to other occupations or stop working
altogether.  Prospects are best for those with advanced degrees, and
generally are better in disciplines such as economics, psychology, and
urban and regional planning, which offer many opportunities in
nonacademic settings. However, graduates in all social science fields
are expected to find enhanced job opportunities in applied fields due to
the excellent research, communication, and quantitative
skills they develop in graduate school. [clipped]  Social scientists
currently face stiff competition for academic positions. [clipped]

Median annual earnings of all social scientists were about $38,000 in
1994. The middle 50 percent earned between $23,200 and $52,600 annually.
The lowest 10 percent earned under $17,300, while the highest 10 percent
earned over $70,800.  According to a 1995 survey by the National
Association of Colleges and Employers, people with a bachelor's degree
in a social science field received starting offers averaging about
$22,000 a year in 1995.  In the Federal  government, social scientists
with a bachelor's degree and no experience could start at $18,700 or
$23,200 a year in 1995, depending on their college records. Those with a
master's degree could start at $28,300, and those having a Ph.D.        
degree could begin at $34,300, while some individuals with experience
and an advanced degree could start at $41,100. Beginning
salaries were slightly higher in selected areas of the country where the
prevailing local pay level was higher. The average salary of social
scientists working for the Federal Government in 1995 in nonsupervisory,
supervisory, and managerial positions in geography was about $45,230; in
history was $51,180; in sociology was $56,780; and in archeology was
$38,770.   [clipped]