You can become an Egyptologist by studying Egyptplogy. But you should be ready with a lot of love for ancient Egypt. Your hands may get dirty but you will get paid for that. If you are fascinated by ancient Egypt and Egyptian mythology then you should study Egyptology. This culture has many awe things that should be studied and one of them is, their inspiring architecture.
With all this interest you should choose Egyptology and you can become Egyptologist. There are a lot of Egyptologists who are ranked high in the world. This is one of the highly interesting fields to study and people come with several questions about Egyptology. Let’s see some of the common questions about this field and try to find an answer for them.
Here are some common questions that come to most of the people when they think about Egyptology.
What Is Egyptology?
This is the study of people, culture, history, language, religion, literature, economics, art, and even the entire architecture of ancient Egypt. However, there are many definitions and there is one by Collins in his dictionary. And he says, “Egyptology is the study of ancient Egyptian customs, language, architecture, and inscriptions “
Of, course it is a very broad subject but Egyptologists can choose these subjects and get specialization in that aspect of Egypt. Usually, Egyptologists are categorized into 2 major categories and they are Archaeologists and Demotists.
Demotists are nothing but language experts. This is a specialization in one of the aspects of Egypt that is the study of Egyptian-demotic language. There is a Greek word δημοτικός and demotic is derived from this word. Δημοτικός means ‘of the people’.
Archaeology is the study where human activities are studied and along with that it also concentrates on recovery and analysis of artifacts and other materials. These are the materials that succeeded in surviving the ravages of time. This field should also include experts from other science fields like Anthropologists and Geologists.
What Is The Salary Paid To Egyptologists?
You should understand that, Egyptologist of the sub-from of another broader field Archaeology. Hence there is very little information collected about their salary. But there is information for similar and related fields like archaeology and anthropology. The average income in these fields was $62,410 per annum and this is the information collected in 2018. Roughly $30 is the salary per hour.
If we consider the lowest 10 percent earners in this field, they are said to receive a remuneration of less than $36,840. The highest 10 percent usually earn in excess of $97,170. But you should also understand that like any other field the actual salary may depend on the experienced gained and willingness to travel along with the ability to negotiate, location, and industry trends.
How Long It Takes?
Even Egyptologists should acquire the same level of education and experience as other related fields such as Archaeology and anthropology. First of all, you should complete your undergraduate degree followed by higher education. You should also complete a Ph.D. after this. Hence, after completing this, the next thing you should pick up is fieldwork.