To work in any branch of anthropology, an advanced degree is needed, usually a PhD. Most anthropologists work for universities and colleges; some for museums or government. There are only a few thousand anthropologists in the entire country and openings are scarce. The BA degree in anthropology, however, has many practical applications. Anthropology students learn to develop skills for understanding differences in cultures. This is helpful in careers in health, social services, business and urban planning, among many others.
Settings in which anthropologists work include government agencies, education, research, banking, business, human resources, public relations, marketing research, human services, international intergovernmental organizations, non-profit corporations, museums, the tourism and cultural heritage industries and media. Salaries range from one occupation, position and work setting to another.