What can be done with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology? Anthropology graduates, like their peers from other Liberal Arts fields, tend to be generalists with excellent critical-thinking skills. Sectors in which liberal arts graduates tend to find jobs include: private businesses and industry, government and non-governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, and international agencies.

In a 2013 survey of Oregon State University's anthropology undergraduate alumni,  88% of respondents said they had obtained work within one year of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Among recent graduates, 52% said they went on to continue their education. Current positions held by a few of those surveyed are as follows:


Organization and Position


U.S. Forest Service, Interpretive Education


Cultural Resource Management, Historic and Prehistoric Survey, Excavation


Homeless Youth Center, Case Manager


International Education in the Middle East, Academic Advisor


Cultural Resources, Environmental Management and Compliance


State of Oregon, Archaeologist


Archaeology Technician


Archaeology Field Technician


State of Nevada, Senior Archaeologist


Archaeology Technician, Research Assistant


U.S. Forest Service, Archaeologist


Government of Japan, International Relations


University Professor, Ethnobotany and Conservation Biology


U.S. Department of Defense, Conflict Resolution, Afghanistan


Linguistics Expert


Laboratory Technician, Field School


Community College Instructor


Funeral Director


U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Archaeology Technician


High School Counselor

Anthropology graduates have used their bachelor's degree as a foundation to go into other related fields such as information research, documentary film making, environmental or social impact assessment, international development, medical and/or health-related jobs, law enforcement and forensics, international business, management, marketing, personnel, public relations, fundraising, teaching, bilingual education, translating and interpreting, park management, and historic preservation.

According to Payscale.com the salary for someone with a bachelor's degree in anthropology can range from $30,000 working for a non-profit to $108,000 working as a project manager for information technology. Salaries will depend on the position you take and the state in which that position is offered. Recent research has shown that, while liberal arts graduates often start at lower initial salaries than graduates in fields such as business or technology, they end up with higher salaries over the course of their careers. This is because, over time, the management of complex projects tends to fall to those with broad vision, good interpersonal communication skills, and critical-thinking skills. Of course, students can also choose to further their education to receive a master's degree or PhD in Anthropology, thus opening up new career options and increasing earning power. Many of the best jobs in Anthropology require an advanced degree.

OSU's Career Services is a great place to start a job search. They post job announcements, provide career counseling, help with resume preparation, and offer job search tips. One of the best ways to get your feet wet in a new career is to get an internship. These often lead to permanent positions, and they can give you a chance to learn about various career options. The American Anthropological Association's career center website keeps track of job opportunities for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral graduates in the four fields of anthropology. They are one of many fantastic resources for getting started in your career search.