Approximately 60 percent of the people in the United States working as anthropologists are employed by colleges and universities. Some focus on student instruction of undergraduates and graduate students. Others teach and engage in research projects funded by private foundations or public granting agencies. Still others work for public and private museums as curators, producers of interpretive exhibits, educational directors, and artifact conservation technicians. A great many anthropologists work as consultants or employees for government agencies or private companies, particularly in international business, development programs, and Cultural Resource Management.  The value of a degree in Anthropology is increasingly recognized by all sectors of the economy, including management, because of the insights it provides into a variety of human situations.

Employment Outlook: There are many career opportunities for anthropologists/archaeologists. Annual salaries of archaeologists employed as college faculty members range from $30,000 to $75,000 for full professors. Salaries of museum curators also ranged from about $30,000 to $70,000.  Federal and state government agencies pay between $30,000 and $65,000 or more depending upon educational background and experience. Private environmental firms paid between $30,000 and $80,000, again depending upon degree level, previous years of experience, and level of responsibility.  In the private sector, positions ranged from $10-15/hr for field or lab technicians, including crew chiefs; $18-23/hr for field directors, mapping specialists, and database managers; and, $25-30+/hr for managerial positions.


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