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Many people have a tough time finding a job right out of college. But for those with an anthropology major, career opportunities tend to be plentiful. By looking through millions of job listings and 15,074 anthropology major resumes, we were able to discover which are the preferred jobs for anthropology majors.

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Starting Salary
$28,000
Job openings
22,992
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$41,000
Job openings
17,554
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
25,293
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Boston, MA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
A Research Assistant helps carry out a particular research agenda. They are generally found in the social science or laboratory setting.
Starting Salary
$26,000
Job openings
15,416
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Information clerks perform routine clerical duties such as maintaining records, collecting data, and providing information to customers.
Starting Salary
$38,000
Job openings
38,220
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Starting Salary
$39,000
Job openings
218
Top Locations:
Santa Ana, CA;  Albuquerque, NM;  Phoenix, AZ;  
Job Description:
Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development, and behavior of humans. They examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world.
Starting Salary
$24,000
Job openings
45,270
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Starting Salary
$31,000
Job openings
35,432
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.
Starting Salary
$12,000
Job openings
43,441
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Boston, MA;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Starting Salary
$23,000
Job openings
51,097
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records.
Starting Salary
$54,000
Job openings
96,357
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
29,993
Top Locations:
Cincinnati, OH;  Columbus, OH;  Jackson, MI;  
Job Description:
Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health. In addition, they work to ensure that environmental violations are prevented.
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
7,776
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.
Starting Salary
$38,000
Job openings
39,557
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
A Research Associate plans, organizes, and conducts research in scientific, cultural, historical, or artistic. They conduct literature, collect and analyze data, and recruit and/or interview new people.
Starting Salary
$21,000
Job openings
14,749
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.
Starting Salary
$23,000
Job openings
24,085
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
17,617
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
65,809
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  San Antonio, TX;  
Job Description:
Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.
Starting Salary
$45,000
Job openings
67,782
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  
Job Description:
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.
Starting Salary
$20,000
Job openings
26,688
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Information clerks perform routine clerical duties such as maintaining records, collecting data, and providing information to customers.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
35,227
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Baton Rouge, LA;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
28,770
Top Locations:
Washington, DC;  New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$51,000
Job openings
63,495
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
Starting Salary
$55,000
Job openings
64,005
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
A business analyst is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
23,028
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
An Instructor works with individuals through providing them support and instruction. They initiate various program goals and team objectives and solve problems. They may instruct individuals in swimming, biology, esthetics, or fitness.
Starting Salary
$19,000
Job openings
4,117
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Library technicians and assistants help librarians with all aspects of running a library. They assist patrons, organize library materials and information, and perform clerical and administrative tasks.
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
42,688
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks produce financial records for organizations. They record financial transactions, update statements, and check financial records for accuracy.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
36,392
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
A Project Coordinator runs, administers, and organizes all project activities in an organization. They also provide work direction to staff.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
114,918
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Account Executives are responsible for looking after the company's client as well as keeping the company-client relationships at a high standard. Their goal is to increase the amount of business a company does with those clients.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
7,424
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Writers and authors develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs, and other online publications.
Starting Salary
$24,000
Job openings
189,315
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and automobiles, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts (called parts salespersons). Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process customers’ payments.
Starting Salary
$68,000
Job openings
25,995
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Francisco, CA;  Seattle, WA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$39,000
Job openings
8,025
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Compensation managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to determine how much an organization pays its employees and how employees are paid. Benefits managers plan, direct, and coordinate retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits that an organization offers its employees.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
38,892
Top Locations:
Grand Rapids, MI;  Chicago, IL;  Philadelphia, PA;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
9,381
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.
Starting Salary
$26,000
Job openings
34,659
Top Locations:
Little Rock, AR;  Columbia, SC;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
16,950
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$55,000
Job openings
47,944
Top Locations:
Seattle, WA;  New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
92,305
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have, and negotiate prices.
Starting Salary
$24,000
Job openings
29,987
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
Starting Salary
$26,000
Job openings
31,115
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$35,000
Job openings
40,880
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
13,797
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$25,000
Job openings
51,689
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Phoenix, AZ;  
Job Description:
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.
Starting Salary
$25,000
Job openings
28,845
Top Locations:
Ann Arbor, MI;  Columbus, OH;  Davis, CA;  
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
29,826
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
25,102
Top Locations:
Washington, DC;  Mesa, AZ;  New York, NY;  
Job Description:
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
Starting Salary
$27,000
Job openings
20,789
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$22,000
Job openings
55,273
Top Locations:
Philadelphia, PA;  New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.
Starting Salary
$23,000
Job openings
120
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Archivists appraise, process, catalog, and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents. Curators oversee collections of artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits.

Anthropology Major Jobs

Average Salary For an Anthropology Major

Depending on the industry that anthropology majors work in, their salaries can vary significantly. In fact, we found that anthropology majors who work in the professional industry have an average salary of $61,083, while those who work in the government industry have an average salary of $34,468. If salary is the most important thing to you, then you should look for jobs in the professional industry.

1. Professional
$61,083
Avg. Salary
$37k
$75k
2. Finance
$54,318
Avg. Salary
$37k
$75k
3. Non Profits
$50,809
Avg. Salary
$37k
$75k
4. Hospitality
$49,699
Avg. Salary
$37k
$75k
5. Retail
$46,375
Avg. Salary
$37k
$75k

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How To Get A Job With An Anthropology Degree

Congratulations on your degree in the bold and determined study of human cultures and the deep history and present state of humanity -- also known as Anthropology.

Your studies have taught you how peoples' behavior changes over time, how they move about the world, why and how people from distant parts of the world and dissimilar cultures are different and the same, and how individuals understand and operate successfully in distinct cultural settings

That's, you know, pretty good/useful -- the better news is that hiring managers know that too: thirty percent of employers in a Millennial Branding survey said they were seeking liberal arts majors, just short of the 34 percent who said they wanted oft-touted engineering and computer information systems majors.

So now you've weathered the tempest that is pursuing a degree in Anthropology, dealing with the deluge of dense readings and inundation of Indiana Jones jokes.

Your cap is tossed, your diploma is in hand. And you realize that this was all the easy part, the calm before the storm that is the post-graduate job market.

What now?

Well, that's where we come in. We literally created a career map just for Anthropology Majors such as yourself -- to aid your navigation of the choppy waters of recent graduation.

Feel free to focus on the map alone -- it's pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves. But for those of you who can't put a good book down, keep reading.

We'll give you the rundown on:

  • What skills you'll need
  • How to begin
  • What jobs you can expect to find as Anthropology Major
  • Some quick interview tips
  • Consider graduate school
  • External resources

And now to begin where many of the greatest stories do -- at the beginning.

1. Skills for Anthropology Majors

An Anthropology degree develops new perspectives for approaching the world, and equally important is the ability to articulate values and alternatives -- Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places, and this of course has value in the job market.

In this interconnected world, being able to understand humanity in its entirety and communicate ideas clearly and powerfully is vital to success.

Applying these skills to real world learning opportunities yields a more robust and balanced career. Here are some of the common skills that you should have when trying to get a job with Anthropology degree.

Critical thinking and analysis. Analyzing information, forming cogent arguments, and communicating them will never be obsolete. Everything about the Anthropology Major revolves around understanding concepts and communicating ideas, and your conversational small classes provide you with an excellent baseline for how to portray yourself and your ideas in a way that others will be receptive to.

Understanding of mass media. Mass media has several different expressions and iterations, and understanding how mass media operates. There were cave drawings before books, books before print, and print before online media -- understanding the written word is in flux, and as we find ourselves inundated with media, your ability to read and understand the human basis for communication will become all the more essential.

Interpersonal communication skills. A little different than outright public speaking, interpersonal skills combines an understanding of how you and the information you're expressing is being interpreted by those around you with a little thing called empathy.

Being intuitive about how another person is going to accept or interpret the things that you say to them is something that may come natural to many folks, but it's also a skill that can be learned through Anthropology courses.

2. Where to Begin Your Career After Getting Anthropology Degree

The Anthropology Major's adaptability makes it suitable for almost every field, but it's up to you to narrow your focus.

And if you aren't fortunate enough to network your way into a position, it might be worth taking a look at what sort of internships you might be qualified for, even if you've already graduated.

A good internship can potentially lead directly to a position, and even if it doesn't it gives you an undeniable edge -- a Millennial Branding survey shows that 91% of employers think that students should have between one and two internships before graduating.

Here are some common types of internships for Anthropology Majors:

Before you settle on an internship, though, you'll want to make sure it's the right fit for you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where (in the state/the country/the world) do you want to work?
  • What size and type of organization do you want to work for?
  • Do you need compensation in an internship, or might you be able to consider alternative compensation (experience, work samples, references, networking, etc.)
  • Is relocation an option?

An internship will provide you with an understanding of the skills that a career in your field requires -- and with all of the options you have available, the opportunity to learn what it is that you don't want to do in your is invaluable.

3. Available Jobs For Anthropology Majors

The paradoxical challenge for Anthropology Majors, unlike technical skill-based majors, is that everyone wants your skills -- they just don't know it.

Remember that college isn't job training. You've learned to read, write, and analyze information more deeply than other students. Your abilities are applicable to most positions, and you need to narrow the focus.

Employ those skills to analyze their needs and present an argument why you are the best person for the job -- as an Anthropology major, it is your responsibility to sell yourself to a potential employer.

With our career map, you can click the Job Titles and learn more specific information for each position (what their responsibilities are, how much they get paid, etc.).

But here, we wanted to call out some of the common jobs for recent Anthropology major grads. Here are some of the most interesting entry-level jobs for recent Anthropology grads:

Marketing coordinator

Marketing coordinators can have many different responsibilities, from maintaining marketing calendars or customer databases to developing ideas and engaging in research themselves.

In general, though, marketing coordinators tend to in some way be responsible for interpreting information or data for the benefit of other employees, so a firm grasp of the principles of communication are a must for this position.

Reporter

Like the other items on this list, reporters are nominally responsible for interpreting information for the benefit of others -- however, they tend to do so for the public at large rather than their employers.

Reporters identify stories, track down information, and put it into an easily digestible format. The always-online trend of modern journalism means that many would-be reporters are now learning programming and multimedia web design in order to remain competitive in the job market.

Technical Writer

Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.

They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization's communications channels.

What's the deal with Technical Writers?

Technical writers create operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions, and "frequently asked questions" pages to help technical support staff, consumers, and other users within a company or an industry.

After a product is released, technical writers also may work with product liability specialists and customer-service managers to improve the end-user experience through product design changes.

It helps to have some technical background since you'll be working with engineers, scientists, computer support specialists, and software developers to manage the flow of information among project workgroups during development and testing.

To get a picture of what you'll be doing, try going to GitHub. GitHub is filled with projects with "docs" that range between terrible and great.

It's a good jumping off point for building your portfolio because:

  • You can show prospective employers a "before / after comparison"
  • You may make an excellent impression on a potential startup
  • You will learn about the popular version control tool today, Git

4. Some Quick Job Search Tips for Anthropology Majors

These are the most important words you're going to hear: never stop hustling.

Chase opportunities that excite you; follow what piques your curiosity. Give every writing gig a chance.The path from point A to point B will never be cut clearly for you -- but unlike the narrower majors, you can fit into anything if you just keep working.

Be creative with how you approach job listings

There are many more positions available that demand your writing abilities, but the ones that read "Anthropology Major Wanted" are limited -- so you have to be creative when applying your degree to them in interviews.

Think of it as a prescreening test. If you can convince potential employers to hire you even if you weren't initially what they had in mind, then you've already done an excellent job: show them that they want people who can communicate -- they just may not know it.

This is where your research and composition talents are not just a marketable job skill, but ones that will actually help you land your cover letter and resume on the desk of the right person. Research the company and tailor your job seeking collateral materials for the application as if it was an assignment.

Network, network, and network

The best thing you can do to get a job in Anthropology is, plain and simple, to know somebody who knows somebody -- this can be from internships, courses, or a professional organization on campus.

Reach out to the people you know from college, students or not. If enough time has passed, that classmate you friended on Facebook for one group project three years ago might be your in for a job that just opened.

On a similar note, professors are not only good first references for your resume, but they've also been around students and the professional Anthropology world long enough that they might have some good recommendations for you as far as where to look.

Join a good professional organization like some of those listed at the end of this page and take advantage of every resource at their disposal. And wherever possible, just talk to people, and be friendly. You'd be surprised at how far a little communication goes -- or, given the field, maybe it's not such a shock.

Start a writing, like, now.

Yeah, we get it -- you're planning to start a blog. You'll totally do it eventually. Or maybe you've already started one, spent 40 minutes customizing the font and colors, and then wrote exactly one post, which you deleted after no one liked it.

We get it. Writing itself is already tough. Writing consistently every single day? Herculean. But it's a necessary step when it comes to writing jobs.

If you're on the job hunt and not getting a lot of bites just yet, the fact of the matter is that there's no hiring manager out there in this field that would be offended if you had a professional blog. And there's dozens of hiring managers that would be ecstatic. It's all a big part of showing that you understand media (social or not) and that you're capable of communicating effectively.

5. Continuing Education and Certifications in Anthropology

Unlike certain other fields, there's no real licensure you need in order to write or practice Anthropology in some other sense -- typically, experience and a portfolio of writing samples is all you need.

However, familiarizing yourself with tools will be exceptionally helpful for your resume. Lynda.com is great for learning tools such as Illustrator, Captivate, Photoshop, and other Adobe products as well as SEO and HTML basics.

Nothing beats experience and a portfolio, but for some fields a certification or advanced degree is necessary. My suggestion is to just begin building your portfolio.

Technical and Medical Writing

Although not mandatory, If you choose to pursue technical writing then certification can make candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a technical writer's opportunities for advancement, especially when you have limited experience.

Some associations, including the Society for Technical Communication, offer certification for technical writers.

In addition, the American Medical Writers Association offers extensive continuing education programs and certificates in medical writing. These certificates are available to professionals in the medical and allied scientific communication fields.

Pursuing an advanced degree

Having a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology is obviously a great first step regardless of what sort of career you might be considering, but once you've finished that, another question remains: should you go onto further studies?

We did a little research, and while the Master's might be useful to you, you'll want to think long and hard about whether a Ph.D is for you and your chosen career.

Here are common advanced degrees that people with Anthropology degree normally consider:

Master's in Anthropology

If you're looking to increase your knowledge in a particular aspect of Anthropology or improve your research skills (always a useful thing to have), then a Master's might be supremely useful to you.

If you're looking more to increase your earning potential, a Master's can help do that for you too, but you want to be aware of the hefty price tag that might be associated with it. Figure out how long you'll be willing to pay off the debt and compared to how much earnings you can anticipate from it first.

If you can get the Master's without breaking the bank, then go for it, but otherwise it might be worth it to focus on getting more job experience and building your portfolio.

PhD in Anthropology

This option is really only a good idea if you're interested in an academic career. Expect a lot of reading, a lot of writing, and not much recognition for how long and difficult your eventual book is to read.

6. External Resources

If you're still not sure what to do with your degree here are some external sites, to help you with your decision:

Living Anthropologically

Kind of an "in defense of" page, it is quick to publish interesting developments in the world of anthropology and research about career choices.

American Anthropological Association

Even though 75 percent of its members are in education in some capacity, this is the single greatest source of all things anthropological. Organizations, job fairs, and professional publications for anthropology come here to live.

USAJobs

Enter "Anthropology" into the search bar and you can get a sense of what kind of government jobs are available to Anthropology majors. Find a job title you like and come back here to learn more about it.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The BLS offers detailed data on pay, location, and availability of different kinds of jobs across the country.

In fact, we draw a lot of our research on the best places for jobs from the information provided on the site.

And if this all seems like a lot - don't worry - the hard part (getting your degree!) is already over.

Updated July 15, 2020