Anthropologists work in a wide array of fields and careers.
- In 2017, the median pay for anthropologists and archaeologists was $62,280 per year or $29.94 per hour. Employment is projected to increase by 4% from 2016-2026.
- A Master’s degree or a Ph.D. in anthropology or archaeology is required for higher paying employment, but entry-level positions with a B.A. are available. (Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Anthropologists and Archaeologists.)
The American Anthropological Association summarizes four main career paths:
Corporate & Business
Academic anthropologists work in elementary education or as professors in university programs such as medicine, public health, cultural studies, biology, cognitive psychology, and linguistics.
I work in public health at a NCI designated cancer center. In order to be successful in my position, I need to understand different cultures, perspectives, and an understanding of science. My undergraduate degree in Anthropology from FGCU prepared me with this foundation to be a successful manager in a research setting. I look back at my experience in this program fondly and would recommend it to any public health professional. ~ Nina Nass, Manager Division of Population Science, Moffitt Cancer Center
Anthropology Careers & Employment
Recent Study Abroad
- Archaeological Field School offered in the summer every other year; locations vary.
- Primatological Field School offered at the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Florida every other spring.
- Folklore of Ireland
- Museum studies in Croatia