Careers in Anthropology

It's a great time to become an anthropologist!

  • Employment of anthropologists and archaeologists is expected to grow 21% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • An anthropologist in the United States makes, on average, $54,230 a year.
  • Starting wages for an anthropologist begin at ~$33,000 and extend to ~$70,000-$100,000.

    Source: the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, see US Dept of Labor
    Follow this link to more information & to use the DofL's interactive career site....

What can I do with my degree?

Anthropologists can change the way we view and interact with our world.

Click to enlarge: Anthropology Infographic PDF

Gotta use those links!

The links below will drive you to some great sources about what to do with your degree, and how to get where you want to be in your Anthropology career.

  • This is Anthropology (AAA):  This site is awesome!  Great info about choosing a career path (academic careers, corporate & business careers, government careers, and non-profit/community-based careers)
  • Become and Anthropologist:  This page has great information for college students, including career options, grant resources, field opportunites, graduate school considerations, and more...
  • AAA's Resources for Undergraduate Students:  This lists numerous internships and awards available to undergraduates!

  • The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA):  This is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) that focuses on the applied aspects of anthropology practice...  Learn more about and network with professional anthropologists working in a variety of diverse occupations outside of academia.  The general NAPA site also has information about career development and lists of job openings.
  • Pearson’s Leave Your Mark - Major In Anthropology:  Because anthropology majors work in all kinds of different fields and sectors of our economy, use this site for a list of career profiles and to find careers related to the field of Anthropology

    [more links coming soon]

And don't forget to see your academic advisor or friendly anthropology professor to give you more tips and insights!