Some of the most pressing issues of our time stem from the complex relationship between people and the environment. If you’re interested in addressing these issues, and also following how humans have shaped their habitat and progressed as a society, then you may want to study anthropology.

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UTSA’s Anthropology Program

As both a social and biological science, pursuing an Anthropology degree will have you embracing a wide view of humanity, spread across four core areas. These areas include 1) culture, the study of people as a social unit, 2) linguistics, the study of language use in social life, 3) archaeology, the study of social and cultural life through human remains, and 4) biological, the study of living human populations and the behavior and ecology in non-human primates. If you choose a career path in this field, you’ll join the ranks of other anthropologists working across the world to uncover the hidden secrets of humanity’s past.

Academic Information:


College of Liberal & Fine Arts


Department of Anthropology

Degrees Offered

Careers in Anthropology

Top job titles for anthropology graduates include:

• UX Designer
• Archeologist
• Researcher
• College Professor
• Social Service Assistant
• Museum Director
• Conservation Scientist
• Geographer
• Program Manager

Anthropology and its related career pathways are currently in low demand in San Antonio but in higher than average demand in Austin for the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Phoenix. More than 144,000 anthropology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Anthropology Graduates

Anthropology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of anthropology-related positions over 2018-19 included:

  • Higher Education
  • Government
  • Scientific and Technical Consulting
  • Architecture
  • Museums and Historical Sites
  • Scientific Research
  • Environmental Administration

Salaries for Anthropology Graduates

The salary range for open Anthropology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $35,078
median $59,655
top 10% $112,348


Skills and Interests for Anthropology Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an anthropology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Anthropology may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy learning
• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy teaching and mentoring
• You like traveling
• You are detail oriented

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