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Career Profile: Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in anthropology or archeology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 6,700 people employed as anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary in the United States. The median annual salary is $89,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $51,580 per year and senior employees earn approximately $162,640 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula, career issues, and laboratory and field research.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Supervise students' laboratory or field work.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding and review others' grant proposals.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Write letters of recommendation for students.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Review manuscripts for publication in books and professional journals.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Conduct ethnographic field research.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and present findings in professional journals, books, electronic media, or at professional conferences.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as research methods, urban anthropology, and language and culture.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
6,700
Annual Openings:
700
Increase in Openings by 2030:
8%
Annual Salary Range:
$51,580 - $162,640
Education Requirements:
Master's degree or higher