Why major in Anthropology?

A report was published recently that ranked Anthropologists as the fifth best job to have in the sciences, directly behind biochemists. The article goes on to state that the field of Anthropology and archaeology are predicted to grow by 3% in the next decade. It also states that the median salary in the field is over $63,000. In addition to this, there are around 300 jobs within the field of anthropology. Jobs within the department are noted to have a low stress level, a good balance between the employee’s personal life and their professional life, and these jobs provide “solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary.”


Undergraduates majoring in Anthropology learn how to study people as well as how communities and organizations work. Many undergraduates have difficulty selecting their major, changing their minds several times as they search for a course of study which interests them and can lead to post-college employment. That search sometimes results in costly extra years of study. The undergraduates choosing to major in Anthropology can be comfortable that their choice is both exciting and practical.

Anthropology is the only contemporary discipline that approaches human questions from historical, biological, linguistic, and cultural perspectives. The intellectual excitement and relevance of the wide range of information presented in anthropology assures that students are engaged and challenged. Moreover, it complements other scientific and liberal arts courses by helping students understand the interconnectivity of knowledge about people and their cultures.

Undergraduates have two choices for major and a variety of minor options in anthropology.

What options does an undergraduate Anthropology major have after the Bachelor's Degree?

Anthropology offers many career and educational options for majors once they have graduated. Academic anthropologists find careers in anthropology departments and a variety of other departments or programs, such as medicine, epidemiology, public health, ethnic, community or area studies, linguistics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

Applying anthropology offers many opportunities to use anthropological perspectives and skills. Cultural anthropologists have the range of careers filled by other social scientists; biological and medical anthropologists have other skills that are useful in the growing sector of health related occupations. Many archaeologists are employed in American cultural resource management projects that are required by federal and state laws before major building ventures. Anthropology provides a strong basis for subsequent graduate level education and training in international law, public health, and other areas as well as the social sciences. Finally, an anthropological perspective is becoming a valued attribute for individuals in the business world.

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