Are you interested in entry-level jobs in anthropology? If so, you probably already know that, by definition, anthropologists are stuck in the past. After all, their work is all about studying the past and how the past affects the present. The good news, however, is that, when it comes to pay and the widespread availability of positions, the field is firmly entrenched in the present and also has a strong outlook for the future. In fact, employment within the field is expected to grow a whopping 21% between now and 2020. The pay is also quite nice too! As of 2010, those with jobs in anthropology were earning around $54,230 per year.
It’s important to understand that anthropology entry-level jobs vary greatly depending upon the exact field of anthropology in which you are involved. Sociocultural anthropologists, for example, aren’t digging up fossils or conducting research on artifacts. Instead, they are examining how societies have worked and how they will likely work in the future and how that affects the world as a whole. There are, of course, traditional anthropologists as well, and these are the people who are busy finding interesting rocks, fossils, and other artifacts and determining what these artifacts can tell us about the past.
If you’re looking for an anthropology job, it’s a good idea to have an idea of what exact field of anthropology you are interested in. Someone who wishes to pursue museum anthropology would need to take a vastly different career path from someone who wishes to pursue environmental anthropology, for example. Once you’ve decided what you want to do, however, opportunities abound.