Anthropologist Uncovers Skull in Dirt

Anthropologists study the origin and evolution of humans from a scientific point of view, focusing on the ways of life, physical characteristics, languages, values, customs, and social patterns of people in various parts of the world. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, anthropologists and archeologists, who study evidence and artifacts from past human cultures, hold about 6,400 jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study the origin and evolution of humans from a scientific point of view; teach college-level anthropology classes
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate
School Subjects
  • Geography
  • History
  • Social Studies
Experience Experience as a research assistant or a teaching fellow
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Professor
  • Anthropologist
  • Research Assistant or Teaching Fellow