Anthropology Professor

Teach university students about anthropology.

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Salary Range
$31,000 – $89,000

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What do Anthropology Professors do?

Anthropology is the study of humanity. That’s a broad topic and allows for much variation within the field.

Anthropologists are generally interested in how humans began, evolved, and adapted to their surroundings. More specifically, they study what interpersonal tools humans use to overcome obstacles and endure challenges. Anthropology Professors also study all of these things and teach students who want to work in anthropology.

As an Anthropology Professor, you spend a chunk of your time in the classroom. You work at the university level, so your students may be beginning their studies or nearing graduation.

Either way, it’s your job to impart your passion for all things anthropology. How did a particular ancient language evolve? How do modern-day remote cultures communicate, survive, or pass on information to the next generation? There’s no end to the questions that help Scientists better understand our own kind.

When you’re not presenting lectures, answering questions, instigating debates, or grading papers, you spend your time contributing to the work of other Anthropologists. To do this, you use the university’s resources, your position as an Anthropology Professor, and your curiosity to formulate and initiate experiments that help answer questions about who we are, what we’re capable of, and where we’ll be in the future.

Should I be an Anthropology Professor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

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    How to become an Anthropology Professor

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