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Anthropologists and Archeologists

Anthropologists study the origin and cultural, social, and physical development of humans. They study the traditions, values, beliefs and possessions of people and societies throughout the world and create hypothesis based on their research. They typically specialize in physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology or linguistics.

They advise government agencies, communities and private organizations regarding proposed plans, programs and policies and their potential impact on organizations, cultural institutions and communities.

Cultural anthropologists examine the cultures of communities. They study the customs and behavior of a community's citizens. Cultural anthropologists evaluate various aspects of a society including a society's religion, music and how they take care of their senior citizens. They gather information and attempt to make conclusions about a society's ways of life.

Physical anthropologists study the physical development of the human species. They examine how heredity and environment influences humans. Physical anthropologists study the geographical distribution of the physical characteristics of humans.

Linguistic anthropologists analyze the evolution of languages and the relationships between languages. They attempt to explain how a community's language relates to the ways a society's citizens act and think.

Archeologists attempt to discover the history, living habits and customs of earlier human civilizations. They document, analyze and interpret objects including homes, clothing, tools and art from former human civilizations. Archeologists often excavate objects from the ground. They are sometimes asked to perform a survey when ground will be disturbed during a project. They work in labs, the field and in classrooms.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and test theories regarding the origin and development of cultures from the past
  • Gather information and make judgements through interviews, observation and evaluating documents
  • Compare findings among different sites to learn the similarities and differences
  • Describe artifacts' physical properties
  • Write, publish and present reports
  • Evaluate objects and structures and identify, data and authenticate objects and interpret their significance
  • Write about research findings
  • Construct and test data gathering methods

Job Characteristics

They work in the field, classroom settings, labs and museums. Some jobs in anthropology require travel and being away from home for long periods of time.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth for anthropologists and archeologists is projected to be much faster than the average for all occupations from 2008 to 2018. The median annual earnings in 2008 for anthropologists and archeologists was $53,910.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

A bachelor's degree in archaeology or anthropology is the minimum requirement for an anthropologist or archeologist job. However, many employers prefer candidates that have a master's degree or a Ph.D. Many teachings positions in colleges and universities require a Ph.D.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employers are colleges, universities, museums and government agencies.

Schools for Anthropologists And Archaeologists are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Anthropologists and Archaeologists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Anthropologists and Archaeologists jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 60 $76,770
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 110 $69,550
Mesa 110 $69,550
Phoenix 110 $69,550
Tucson 70 $68,610
Flagstaff 40 $64,420
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 520 $60,190
Long Beach 520 $60,190
Anaheim 520 $60,190
San Diego 180 $63,710
Carlsbad 180 $63,710
Arden 150 $61,190
Arcade 150 $61,190
Sacramento 150 $61,190
Roseville 150 $61,190
Riverside 90 $53,860
San Bernardino 90 $53,860
Ontario 90 $53,860
Bakersfield 40 $64,430
Hayward N/A $63,380
San Francisco N/A $63,380
Oakland N/A $63,380
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 90 $60,990
Aurora 90 $60,990
Denver 90 $60,990
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville N/A $49,060
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 30 $51,250
Sandy Springs 30 $51,250
Atlanta 30 $51,250
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 180 $67,730
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 40 $46,670
Carmel 40 $46,670
Indianapolis 40 $46,670
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 40 $37,260
Metairie 40 $64,440
New Orleans 40 $64,440
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 70 $49,150
Henderson 70 $49,150
Las Vegas 70 $49,150
Reno 70 $58,080
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Santa Fe 90 $49,640
Albuquerque 90 $60,520
Farmington 60 $49,110
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 100 $33,570
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene N/A $74,900
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 30 $44,830
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 50 $47,170
Murfreesboro 50 $47,170
Davidson 50 $47,170
Nashville 50 $47,170
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 90 $66,360
Dallas 90 $66,360
Arlington 90 $66,360
Round Rock 80 $56,270
Austin 80 $56,270
The Woodlands 80 $89,600
Houston 80 $89,600
Sugar Land 80 $89,600
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 40 $61,240
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 100 $64,440
Tacoma 100 $64,440
Seattle 100 $64,440
Tumwater 30 $58,890
Olympia 30 $58,890
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis N/A $75,880
Waukesha N/A $75,880
Milwaukee N/A $75,880

Most Popular Industries for :
Anthropologists and Archaeologists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 2,940 57% $48,350
Government 1,600 31% $63,970
Education 300 5% $44,350
Museums And Historic Attractions 160 3% $56,900
Office Services And Staffing 100 1% $48,020
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