If you’re interested in working as an anthropologist, there’s a good chance you’ll need a PhD. Most research positions in this field require a PhD as well as experience doing anthropological or archeological fieldwork. Work is often conducted in an office, but some anthropologists analyze samples in laboratories or work in the field.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job of an anthropologist involves studying the origin, development, and behavior of humans. They also examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people all over the world. Other responsibilities typically include:

  • Plan research projects to answer
  • Develop data collection methods for a specific project
  • Analyze data, laboratory samples, and other sources of information
  • Prepare reports and present research findings to committees and organizations
  • Advise leaders of various organizations on the cultural impact of different policies and programs

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the BLS, “employment of anthropologists and archeologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”

The median annual wage for anthropologists as well as archeologists was $57,420 in May 2012. It’s important to keep in mind, however, the salaries vary depending on a number of different factors, including professional experience, location, and type of employer.

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