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PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Being An Academic Is Not A High-Paying Profession

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Susan is a professor of anthropology. She shares her story about what it's like to be a college professor, and about her career path. She also provides some frank advice about getting a Ph.D. in any field.

Degree: Philosophy - Anthropology
Job Title: Professor of Anthropology

Job Summary: Anthropologists and Archeologists

Job Description

Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings, past and present. They examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Physically demanding, Hospital / Clinic, Remote, Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Problem solving skills

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