Cultural resource managers (CRMs) are in high demand in the field of anthropology, and Salt Lake Community college wants to fill those openings with its students.
Over the last few years, SLCC strengthened its archaeology and anthropology program by hiring instructors that work full time in the field. Several of these instructors advised the department of a need for well-trained and educated CRMs to fill entry-level positions.
In the past, a bachelor’s degree or higher was required to become a CRM. But a bachelor’s degree was not necessary for many new entry-level jobs. Additionally, no other schools in Utah were providing a CRM training program.
To fill this void, SLCC offers a 24-credit-hour certificate in which students receive enough training to enter the workforce sooner.
Duties of a CRM
A CRM typically works in the field on archaeological digs for museums or historical societies. CRMs need to know regulations in regards to cultural, historical and archaeological remains, as well as proper digging methods to prevent the damage or destruction of artifacts.
CRMs also help to determine where to look for artifacts and the proper way to preserve them.
Associate dean of history, anthropology, and political science Marianne McKnight hopes the certificate will be a stepping stone for students to gain employment while working their way through school.
A CRM certificate is only 24 credit hours and the classes are stackable, meaning they can be combined with other certificates such as Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Technology.
The program involves two semesters of study with an internship in the summer.
The program is set up that if an internship is not possible there is an alternative. SLCC is building sandboxes so students can get the experience and skills as if they were out in the field.
Job opportunities are available for CRMs through state positions and private firms, and with its unique geology and cultural history, Utah is a hotbed for exploration and discovery.
Students that have an affinity for history, culture and archaeology will fill a critical need in the world of anthropology with a CRM certificate.