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 6,560 jobs in the United States.

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

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