Anthropologists and Archeologists

7.2/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $29.76 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 1.3% (Totally Safe)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Anthropologists and Archeologists' job openings is expected to rise 6.1% by 2031
'Anthropologists and Archeologists' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Anthropologists and Archeologists' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Anthropologists and Archeologists' was $61,910, or $29.76 hourly
'Anthropologists and Archeologists' are paid 35.3% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as anthropologists and archeologists?

As of 2021 there were 6,650 people employed as Anthropologists and Archeologists within the United States.
This represents around 0.005% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 21 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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Jeff (Small chance) 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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