Medical Anthropology
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Medical anthropology is a program that focuses on biological, socio-cultural, psychological, and behavioral factors as they relate to health, illness, medical practices, and access to health care services. includes instruction in ethno-medicine, urban health, international health, psychiatric and psychological anthropology, aging, and health and identity.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($46K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Monmouth University
Career with the highest median salary ($92K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Operations Research Analysts
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Careers for program graduates
Medical anthropology majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Postsecondary TeachersElementary and Middle School S...Specialized ManagersLawyers, and judges, magistrat...PhysiciansSpecialized Social Scientists ...Education and childcare admini...First-Line Supervisors of Reta...Registered NursesSecretaries and Administrative...Social and Community Service M...Management AnalystsCustomer Service Representativ...Accountants and AuditorsRetail SalespersonsFirst-Line Supervisors of Offi...Project Management SpecialistsSpecialized Social WorkersSecondary School TeachersLabor Relations Specialists
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0501000-1 Year CertificateBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
Have completions for anthropology and archeology changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in medical anthropology doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field anthropology, which includes medical anthropology.
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How does the median (middle) salary for anthropology and archeology majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: anthropology and archeology majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inanthropology and archeology by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in anthropology and archeology
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and archeology. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 47% of anthropology and archeology majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of anthropology and archeology majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 76% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
32%77%83%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in anthropology and archeology
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Archeology (which combines 6 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Postsecondary Teachers
  2. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  3. Specialized Managers
  4. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and similar judicial professionals
  5. Physicians
  6. Specialized Social Scientists and Related Workers
  7. Education and childcare administrators
  8. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  9. Registered Nurses
  10. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
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Careers for anthropology and archeology majors
Where do anthropology and archeology majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in anthropology and archeology
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by anthropology and archeology graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Postsecondary Teache...Elementary and Middl...Specialized ManagersLawyers, and judges,...PhysiciansSpecialized Social S...Education and childc...First-Line Superviso...Registered NursesSecretaries and Admi...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire anthropology and archeology majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire anthropology and archeology majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by anthropology and archeology majors.
Anthropology and Archeolo...All other degreesSpecialized Social Scient...Archivists, curators, and...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer medical anthropology degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

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  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Sociology
  2. Social Sciences
  3. Anthropology
  4. Specialized Study in Social Sciences
  5. Cognitive Science
  6. Urban Studies/Affairs
  7. Sociology and Anthropology
  8. Archeology
  9. Specialized Study in Anthropology
  10. Demography and Population Studies
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Careers for anthropology and archeology majors
anthropology and archeology is part of a larger collection of programs: Sociology, Archeology, Anthopology, & Related Fields. Is there a different program that's close to anthropology and archeology that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in medical anthropology earned in the last academic year, 79% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 80% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For anthropology and archeology graduates, men have a 14% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 72% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all medical anthropology graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Not Reported
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 68% of other programs.