Anthropologists and Archeologists

risk level
Based on 250 votes
by year 2032
or $30.74 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

1.3% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

User poll

19.6% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a minimal chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 1.3% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Anthropologists and Archeologists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Anthropologists and Archeologists' job openings is expected to rise 6.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Anthropologists and Archeologists' was $63,940, or $30 per hour

'Anthropologists and Archeologists' were paid 38.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 7,350 people employed as 'Anthropologists and Archeologists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 20 thousand people are employed as 'Anthropologists and Archeologists'.

Job description

Study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings. May study the way of life, language, or physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. May engage in systematic recovery and examination of material evidence, such as tools or pottery remaining from past human cultures, in order to determine the history, customs, and living habits of earlier civilizations.

SOC Code: 19-3091.00


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Garvesh Jangid (Moderate) says
i think tools of artificial intelligence and robots alike will aid in the work of anthropology and archaeology rather than directly taking over the jobs. given some technical jobs in this field will be automated, but it is not at a very great risk.
Apr 08, 2024 at 08:02 AM
Nick (No chance) says
It's an academia job, it requires strong interpretation skills in both the laboratory and in field excavations. How is a robot going to determine for example whether the burial goods are representative of the entombed person or if it represents some other group in society.
Feb 25, 2024 at 08:59 AM
Judith Koln (Low) says
Anthropology requires people skills and critical thinking, and AI/machine learning technology is inherently derivative. Also, anthropology involves field work.
May 12, 2023 at 04:17 PM
. (No chance) says
It is one of the most skilled jobs, that requires the highest levels of original deciphering and interpretation techniques.
Sep 26, 2021 at 07:25 AM
Jeff (Low) says
I think it is doubtful. Look at the failures of attempts to apply strict nomothetic reasoning to archaeological questions- behavioural laws are next to impossible to generate, especially for past cultures where behaviour has to be inferred through material culture, architecture, settlement, etc. A.I. really does need laws or strict instructions to operate, I can't help but think the fuzzy logic inherent in archaeology is a long ways off.

Plus, I feel like archaeological field investigations need a human touch, at least for the foreseeable future. That said, I think automation can help us recognize patterns in data generated, analyse artefact assemblages, etc.
Mar 22, 2021 at 08:14 PM
Amanda says
Possibly not, because I don't think AI's would be interested in doing this job
Jul 23, 2020 at 12:53 AM
Yago says
I'm confused, this website talks about being interested or being able to do the jobs?
Apr 29, 2021 at 10:23 PM
Levi-Strauss says
That's totally true LOL :)
Dec 16, 2021 at 02:48 AM
Anna (No chance) says
While comparison and analysis of related artefacts can be aided by computers I think the excavating and also interpretations of evidence are unlikely to be able to be performed by AI. Then again I'm a student so not qualified yet, and I don't know all that much about AI either
Apr 20, 2019 at 06:47 AM

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