What can I do with a degree in Anthropology?

An undergraduate degree in anthropology can prepare you for a number of exciting career paths.  While traditionally, anthropologists have been employed in university settings, many other opportunities are available in today’s world for trained anthropologists with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, including work in government, corporate centers, museums, non-profit organizations, and cultural resource management. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of anthropologists and archaeologists is expected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”  In 2012, anthropologists in the United States earned a median salary of over $57,000 per year.1

 

At a glance…

  • Archaeology: Most professional archaeologists work in cultural resource management (CRM) - they mitigate the effects of federal undertakings on archaeological sites. Other archaeologists are employed by museums, universities, and government agencies.
  • Cultural Anthropology: Cultural anthropologists are increasingly being employed by corporations, non-profit and advocacy groups, and government agencies.
  • Biological Anthropology: While some biological anthropologists may work in an academic setting, others work in forensic labs or with law enforcement, zoos, pharmaceutical firms, museums, or in industry.
  • Linguistic Anthropology: In addition to working in academic settings, linguistic anthropologists are often employed by government agencies and corporations. 

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/anthropologists-and-archeologists.htm 

 

Useful Career Links: 

American Anthropological Association

This is Anthropology

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Why the World Needs Anthropologists