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Anthropologists and Archeologists

Anthropologists and Archeologists
Quick Facts : Anthropologists and Archeologists*
2010 Median Pay$54,230
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20126,100
Job Outlook21% (Faster than average)
Employment Change1,300

Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings, past and present. They examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. Although tasks vary by specialty, materials often include excavating tools, laboratory equipment, statistical and database software, and geographic information systems (GIS).

What Anthropologists and Archeologists Do

  • Plan research projects to answer questions and test hypotheses about humans
  • Develop data collection methods tailored to a particular specialty, project, or culture
  • Analyze data, laboratory samples, and other sources to uncover patterns about human life, culture, and origins
  • Write reports and give presentations on research findings
  • Advise organizations on the cultural impact of proposed plans, policies, and programs

Work Environment

Although some anthropologists and archeologists work in a typical office setting, many work in laboratories or in the field. Fieldwork sometimes requires anthropologists and archeologists to travel. Most work full time during regular business hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of anthropologists and archeologists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, but because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 1,300 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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The average salary of anthropologists and archeologists was $54,230 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Anthropologists and Archeologists

Anthropologists and archeologists can qualify for many positions with a master's degree. Most master's degree programs are 2 years in duration and include field research.
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