Anthropology Dept

Careers in Anthropology

Studying anthropology sharpens your critical-thinking skills and broadens your background, making you more flexible to fit into a variety of employment opportunities. You’ll also sharpen your communication and analysis skills to develop a sophisticated approach when assessing personal and career situations.  

Traditionally, professional anthropologists have taught and conducted research at colleges and universities or worked as curators in museums. Over the past two decades, however, more anthropologists have started working in applied fields such as environmental assessment, planning and development, organizational consulting, medical research, and contract archaeology. Most non-teaching jobs in anthropology are found in the areas of archaeology, applied anthropology, and environmental studies.

Career opportunities for anthropology graduates include:

  • archives and records services
  • bilingual education
  • communications
  • cultural brokerage
  • cultural/heritage agencies
  • documentary filmmaking
  • environmental impact assessment
  • federal public service
  • forensics
  • fundraising
  • genetics counseling
  • historical archaeology
  • historic preservation
  • information research
  • international business
  • international development
  • journalism
    • law enforcement agencies
    • legal services
    • legislative service
    • libraries
    • management
    • marketing
    • museums
    • park ranger work
    • personnel
    • public affairs
    • public relations
    • publishing
    • scientific and creative writing
    • teaching
    • translating and interpreting
    • travel work

    Salaries 
    How much do anthropology graduates earn? While some entry-level jobs may still start as low as $16,000 a year, most will be in the $20,000 to $27,000 range. For master’s degree graduates, starting salaries typically range from $25,000 to $32,000. For those who complete a doctoral degree and pursue a teaching position, nine-month academic salaries are typically $45,000 to $50,000.