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Anthropology : Degrees and Careers for Military & Veterans

Follow Your Passion: Start a Great Career with a Degree in Anthropology!

Anthropology, otherwise known as “the science of humanity,” studies all aspects of human life. From biology and evolution to society and cultural advancements, with a degree in Anthropology students will gain a holistic understanding of the human condition both past and present.

Anthropology will take students on a journey through the entirety of human history including a broad understanding of language, culture, and religion from around the world. To understand the full scope of humans throughout history, anthropology immerses students in the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. Graduates will emerge from a successful Anthropology program competent in research and fieldwork, as well as gaining a comprehensive understanding of anthropological methods and theories.

Earning a degree in Anthropology can be found as an Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral program.

Associate Degree in Anthropology

An Associate Degree in Anthropology is a great opportunity for students that are curious about this field. Programs will teach general comprehensive anthropological knowledge to help students gain a greater understanding of people, past and present, and the world as a whole.

An Associate Degree in Anthropology is an interdisciplinary program, teaching students from a holistic perspective. This is excellent preparation for entry level careers and further educational success.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Anthropology:

Teacher Assistant- Work with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction. May specialize in specific student populations given area(s) of expertise. Median Annual Salary: $29,000.

Ready to start your Associate Degree in Anthropology? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Allan Hancock College- Offers an Associate of Arts in Anthropology.

Contra Costa College- Offers an Associate of Arts in Anthropology.

****Online Programs

Looking for a unique educational endorsement?

Fort Hays State University- Offers a Certificate in Cultural Anthropology and Globalization. This certificate is designed to increase student’s awareness of historic world cultures, contemporary world cultures, culture change, and in the rapidly increasing forms of social interconnectedness between cultures. This program is offered both online and as a campus-based program and is ideal for anybody that works in a multi-cultural setting. Fort Hays State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology

Students wishing to pursue a career in a multi-cultural setting or in any institution relying on a broad understanding of human relations will benefit from a degree in Anthropology. An undergraduate degree in Anthropology prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields including:

  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Business and Industry
  • Government Jobs
  • Social Services
  • Hospitality
  • Fine Arts

Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology:

Legislator- An elected position responsible for development, introduction, and/or enactment of laws and statutes at the local, state, tribal, or federal level. Median Annual Salary: $30,000.

Community Health Worker- Collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities. Median Annual Salary: $47,000.

Museum Technician- Prepare and restore items in collections of historical items and artwork. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.

Secondary Teacher- Teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.

Ready to start your Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

California University of Pennsylvania- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

George Mason University- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. George Mason University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Michigan State University- Offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. Michigan State participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Syracuse University- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Syracuse University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. USM Hattiesburg participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

****Online Programs

University of Central Florida- Offers a fully online Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. This degree program has been ranked by BestColleges.com as the No.2 online Anthropology program in the United States. UCF participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Kansas State Online- Offers Anthropology as an online minor. Online minor programs are taken either concurrently with a K-State Bachelor’s degree, or as a stand-alone program. Kansas State Online participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Master’s Degree in Anthropology

A Master’s Degree in Anthropology is a popular choice for those seeking to become an expert in their chosen career path. A graduate degree in Anthropology is also a great choice for those choosing career paths such as research or postsecondary teaching. Popular subfields of Anthropology include

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Physical Anthropology

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology:

Curator- Oversee institutions’ collections, such as historical items or artwork. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.

Anthropologist- Study the origin, development, and behavior of humans. Anthropologists typically work in research organizations, government, and consulting firms. Median Annual Salary: $64,000.

Archeologist- Study the origin, development, and behavior of humans through artifacts. Archeologists often participate in field work for artifact discovery and restoration and typically work in research organizations, government, and consulting firms. Median Annual Salary: $64,000.

Postsecondary Teacher- Instruct students in Anthropology courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Ready to start your Master’s Degree in Anthropology? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

George Mason University- Offers a Master of Arts in Anthropology. George Mason University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Syracuse University- Offers a Master of Arts in Anthropology. Syracuse University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Doctorate in Anthropology

Earning a doctoral degree in Anthropology will help bring students to the apex of their educational career. Students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anthropology. A doctoral degree offers students the opportunity to become well-respected experts in their field with many PhD graduates sharing their wealth of knowledge via careers in writing, research, and teaching.

Jobs with a Doctoral Degree in Anthropology:

Survey Researcher- Design and conduct surveys and analyze data. Survey researchers work in research firms, polling organizations, nonprofits, corporations, colleges and universities, and government agencies.

Policy Analyst (Federal)- Analyze policy at the federal level, requiring significant expertise and experience. GS-15 Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Author- Develop written content for various types of media on the topic of Anthropology. Median Annual Salary: $122,000.

Ready to start your Doctorate in Anthropology? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Syracuse University- Offers a PhD in Anthropology. Syracuse University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.