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Odds of Getting In

Egyptology departments routinely turn people away, not just because they accept so few applicants, but because of the reality of the job market in the field. Currently, there is no market to speak of; the "old guard" in Egyptology is mostly in its 50s and 60s. So the "old guard" will soon be the "retired guard"; the people who will replace them are already working as their successors in many cases. This is why everyone specializes, and acquires secondary skills that could help them get hired. For example, a subfield in Egyptian archaeology is epigraphy, the mechanical reproduction of archaeological sites with scale mechanical drawings and reprints, to create permanent and accurate records of what a site looks like at any stage of time. Epigraphers need artistic skills like drawing, and must be familiar with photography, CAD, and architecture, in addition to being able to read hieroglyphs and understand Egyptian art and history like any other Egyptologist. The more secondary skills and flexibility you have, the more likely you will find work.

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