How to get paid to be an adventurer like Indiana Jones

How to get paid to be an adventurer like Indiana Jones

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If you are one of those looking for a different lifestyle, where history, antique objects and cultural heritage are the main aspects because they are your passion, archeology can be a great choice for you.  And if you consider yourself an explorer, an adventurer, and you also want to make some money while living your dream, working regular 8-hour shifts and wearing casual clothes will not make of your life a satisfying experience.

Why to choose archeology?

As an archaeologist, you will be studying societies over time, through archaeological expeditions.  You will be able to find fossils and establish missing links of lost civilizations by analyzing those fossils, classifying them and determining their age.  Here is the best part, in order to do this job, you must travel to the location of the project, which could be anywhere in the world, and spend some time there.  How long will each project take?  It’s difficult to know as it depends on how large the area to explore is and the amount of objects found.  Once the collection process is finished, you will have to start laboratory work and the corresponding reports.  And then, a new project will come and you’ll have to take back the road to visit another village elsewhere.  

Where will your office be?

Although you might have a place with a desk to go to work while you are not traveling, you will mostly work outdoors! This aspect, that can be found as negative for some people, is actually an advantage over almost all jobs.  You will have the chance to enjoy your days in the countryside, surrounded by nature and feeling the sun in your face.  In some jobs, people start to work really early in the morning and finish at night.  This lifestyle can be really frustrating in the long run.  Of course, working outdoors you might have rainy days that will make you feel your feet cold, or sunny days that will make you wish you had a portable swimming pool.  However, it will remind you to feel alive and it is up to you to enjoy every moment.

Image courtesy of Terry Brock at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Terry Brock at Flickr.com

What are the advantages of working as an archaeologist?

  • You’ll never stop learning.  Each project is a new challenge; when you think that you already know a lot and after you have dug a super difficult urban site in which you have found lots of intertwined strata and many levels of occupation, you will find then a new thing to explore.  Among the findings, there will be objects that will demand from you to work along with a person who can teach you the secrets of bones or materials that you are far from knowing that existed.  Additionally, you will always have questions to answer and secrets to find out as you work on your project.
  • You’ll never stop meeting new people.  As you will be traveling a lot, moving from one project to another, that will allow you to visit other cities and countries.  As a result, you will end up interacting with many people with very different personalities.  You will have the chance to develop your empathy as you will have to learn how to be more tolerant towards differences.  However, having this contact with new people will allow you to learn new things.  Just a piece of advice, do not get too passionate with sensitive topics in terms of places or people, avoid discussing religion and politics, and you will be fine.
  • You’ll never stop feeling interested.  A profession like this is fascinating; although there are people who disagree, many others find archaeology really exciting.  Many people feel just curious as, despite what you might think, it is an unknown profession beyond the clichés of cinema; in fact, some academic authors have suggested that archeology should be taught in schools within the subject of History.  However, people around you will be interested in your work for sure; just dare to say in a meeting with colleagues or friends that you’re an archeologist and you will see how people will start to ask you about what you do.
  • You’ll never stop exercising.  You will save a lot of money in gyms as getting to some places is physically demanding.  Good news: this job will keep you in shape.  Additionally, at the end of the day, you’ll have the feeling of pleasant exhaustion; then, you will know that you deserve to take a shower, have a nice dinner, lie on your bed to read a book or watch TV, and just rest…  You will see yourself eating much better, too; so you’ll be much healthier than office workers.

  • You’ll never stop having a rewarding feeling.  Although you won’t get filthy rich with this job, there are many other things you will get that cannot be paid by money per se such as acquiring knowledge, working on what you love, and perhaps, with effort, achieving extraordinary incomes with your experience in this field.  Moreover, your work creates wealth as you are writing history, unearthing the past and contributing to social development.
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