Career Details

Maritime Archaeologist

Career Overview

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.


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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$36,000 /yr
$63,000 /yr
$99,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Writing
  • History
  • Scuba Diving
  • Science - as much as possible, including psychology!
Future Outlook

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

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Work Environment

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


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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