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  • When first asked, most undergraduate majors have difficulty listing concrete skills other than language or computers.

    But after reviewing specialty courses (statistics), and other course related to the major (archaeology field methods) most students realize they have many skills to offer. The following list was gathered from IUP student resumes. To begin constructing your list of skills think about some of the following: understanding of multiculturalism, cultural patterns and problems, writing, statistical (qualitative and quantitative) analysis, nutrition, health care delivery, etc. It is important that your list does not oversell you, or list skills you don’t really have. Still, many students underestimate their abilities. Also remember not to abbreviate job skills on your resume as some employers with not recognize that particular skill. The skills below might not be congruent with yours but are meant as a stimulus for items that you might want to include:


    Writing ability: organization, report preparation, gathering and presentation of data, APA and MLA style

    Ability to synthesize (I e., population, housing, environmental concerns)

    Ability to understand and produce maps: identifying and gathering data, turning it into map form, present it

    Ability to understand and produce charts, graphs, tables

    Ability to use the internet to research information

    Ability to meet a variety of overlapping deadlines

    Specific: (taken from various IUP anthropology  major’s resumes)

    Computer software: word processing, spreadsheet management, file and data base management, basic html, Microsoft Office, Windows 95, 98, 2000XP

    SPSSX statistical software

    Descriptive and inferential statistics

    Language skills—good reading, speaking comprehension in Spanish

    Chinese—four semesters, intermediate comprehension

    GIS design and analysis

    Census data analysis

    Graphics communications

    Research skills: bibliographic skills; data identification, analysis


    Qualitative and quantitative interview/survey skills

    Statistics—probability, correlations and regression analysis

    General archaeology excavation techniques

    Set up units, record information (on forms and in journals)

    STP (shovel test pits)

    Mapping, stratigraphy, soil sampling, laying out a Grid of Units

    Ability to use theodolite and statia rod (archaeology surveying)

    Some anthropometrics background

    Central American archeological field work experience

    (the website can be valuable in helping you organize a vita or resume and list important skills)