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Anthropology Major

11,903 yearly degrees
#90 in popularity
$94,000 median salary

Anthropology is a major that typically falls into the Social Sciences category.

There are 117 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in anthropology, 477 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 176 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 109 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Anthropology Degree?

Anthropology runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #52 out of all the majors we track. In 2017, about 9,200 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this major. The major attracts more women than men. About 73.4% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of anthropology majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 6.9%
  • Black or African American: 5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 18%
  • White: 59.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2%
  • Other Races: 9%
Anthropology Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in anthropology. About 2% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending anthropology majors to the U.S. are China, Canada and India.

What Will You Learn as an Anthropology Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to anthropology to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Anthropology Majors

A major in anthropology should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Anthropology Majors

Skills for Anthropology Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to anthropology:

Important Skills for Anthropology Majors

Abilities for Anthropology Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a anthropology student include the following:

Important Abilities for anthropology Majors

What Can You Do With an Anthropology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with anthropology:

Careers Related to Anthropology
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Compliance Managers

8%

$107,480

Regulatory Affairs Managers

8%

$107,480

Anthropology and Archeology Professors

9.9%

$83,940

Anthropologists

3.9%

$62,410

Anthropology Major Salary

Average salaries range from $65,000 to $116,000 for careers related to anthropology. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an Anthropology Major  ( 65000 to 116000 )
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$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Anthropology Major Jobs

Some careers associated with anthropology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to anthropology have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Anthropology
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

2%

Post-Secondary Certificate

1.5%

Some College Courses

0.3%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

2.1%

Bachelor's Degree

34.3%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0%

Master's Degree

20.9%

Post-Master's Certificate

0.9%

First Professional Degree

1.9%

Doctoral Degree

34.8%

Post-Doctoral Training

2.8%

Online Anthropology Programs

There are 477 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, with 12 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is an Anthropology Major Worth It?

The median salary for an anthropology grad is $94,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 142% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,103,600 after 20 years!

anthropology salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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