According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 Edition, projected job growth for anthropologists and archaeologists is anticipated to be 28% (compared to the employment growth of geographers at 26%, sociologists at 21%, and historians at 11%) "driven by growth in the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry."
Anthropologists who work as consultants will be needed to apply their analytical skills and knowledge to problems ranging from economic development to forensics.
The median starting salary in 2013-2014 for anyone who majored in anthropology is $36,200. That's good, but is there anything you can do now to improve your chances for making even more money and for getting the anthropology career you want? Long before graduation, you should begin to build your resume with important items, and the more research skills and experience you have the better. For example:
The Anthropology faculty and NKU Career Services Center can assist you in adding these skills and experiences to your resume. Send your resume to prospective employers at least three months before you graduate.
To maximize your success, be prepared to update and expand your skills and experiences throughout the length of your career. Obtaining a Master's degree further enhances your career opportunities. If applying to graduate school, send your resume and other materials to prospective universities at least nine months before you graduate.
Most non-teaching jobs in anthropology are in the areas of archaeology, applied anthropology, public anthropology, environmental anthropology, and medical anthropology. To view an outstanding PowerPoint presentation on anthropology careers prepared by the University of South Florida in Tampa, click here.