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What Does it Take to Be an Anthropologist or Archeologist?

Career Description Study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings. May study the way of life, language, or physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. May engage in systematic recovery and examination of material evidence, such as tools or pottery remaining from past human cultures, in order to determine the history, customs, and living habits of earlier civilizations.

  • Research Anthropologist
  • Research Archaeologist
  • Political Anthropologist
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Anthropologist

What Kind of Anthropologist or Archeologist Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 7,600 jobs for Anthropologist or Archeologist in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 3.9% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 300 new jobs for Anthropologist or Archeologist by 2026. The BLS estimates 700 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Anthropologist or Archeologist are Washington, Nebraska, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, or West Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Anthropologist or Archeologist Average Salary

The average yearly salary of an Anthropologist or Archeologist ranges between $36,840 and $97,170.

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Anthropologists and Archeologists who work in Massachusetts, Hawaii, or Idaho, make the highest salaries.

How much do Anthropologists and Archeologists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $54,390
Arizona $64,660
Arkansas $58,240
California $67,030
Colorado $63,940
Florida $54,130
Georgia $67,550
Hawaii $82,550
Idaho $71,520
Illinois $62,650
Kentucky $59,740
Louisiana $68,690
Maryland $53,680
Massachusetts $91,140
Missouri $56,880
Montana $62,690
Nebraska $74,280
Nevada $60,480
New Jersey $64,950
New Mexico $58,300
New York $67,860
North Carolina $63,690
North Dakota $62,110
Ohio $63,280
Oklahoma $56,150
Oregon $63,090
Pennsylvania $70,770
South Carolina $62,230
South Dakota $52,340
Tennessee $59,690
Texas $71,590
Utah $66,410
Virginia $72,480
Washington $74,300
West Virginia $50,550
Wisconsin $55,720
Wyoming $67,400

Where do Anthropologists and Archeologists Work?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Anthropologists and Archeologists employed by various industries.

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