Becoming An Egyptologist

Q: What should I do if I want to become an Egyptologist?

A: There is no simple answer to this question, so all I can provide here are a couple of general guidelines. The chapter "World Wide Ancient Egypt" contains a list of universities (colleges) where Egyptology is being taught, sorted by continent. Please note that this list is not to be considered as complete.
I can not recommend any of these universities, as I do not know the exact contents of the courses they offer. In your search for a college, you may want to take the following into consideration:

  • are the teachers known Egyptologists?
  • is there a specific topic in Egyptology that interests you, and is there a university that will pay more attention to that?
  • are there several teachers that offer Egyptology-related courses?
  • what is the ratio between general and specific courses? Is this ratio acceptable to you?
  • is one of the Egyptology teachers or is the college involved in archaeological surveys in Egypt or Sudan and can students participate in these surveys?
  • does the college have its own Egyptian collection or is it closely related to a museum that has an Egyptian collection?

There may also be practical considerations, such as "how much will it cost" or "is there a college near where I live"…

Q: What are the prospects when one has graduates as an Egyptologist?

A: If you want to become rich and famous, then you should try a carreer in show business. If your passion is rather to dig through the past, either literally or in a library, then Egyptology might just be what you are looking for.
There is lot of work to be do
ne by Egyptologists. Unfortunately, many people and even universities may consider Egyptology as a non-productive science, so there is not always enough money to pay for this research. Many people with a degree in Egyptology will not make a career as an Egyptologist. 
This, however, should not discourage you from wanting to become an Egyptologist.

© Jacques Kinnaer 1997 - 2017