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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….

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.

  • American Anthropological Association (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
  • 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

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