18 Worst (and Best) College Degrees in the Current Job Market

Anthropology and Archaeology

The Worst

#18 – Anthropology and Archaeology

While anthropology and archaeology are both highly interesting fields that will help you better understand human life and further develop your writing and critical thinking skills, they are not the most practical majors in today’s job market. So, what exactly is the study of anthropology and archaeology and what do anthropologists and archaeologists do? Anthropology is the study of the human species, their physical characteristics, environments, social relationships, and culture. Archaeology is the scientific study of material remains such as tools, pottery, jewelry, and monuments found through excavation.

Anthropologists and archaeologists are usually employed by federal and state government agencies, museums and historic sites, colleges and universities, or engineering firms with a need for cultural resource management. According to sites like Glassdoor, College Board, and Monster, the standard starting salary for anthropologists and archaeologists is $36,000 with an average salary of $63,000. Depending on the demand, employer, and available skill set, salaries can climb as high as $99,000.

#17 – Art History

Going beyond paintings to include sculptures, architecture, gravestones, jewelry and an array of other items, art history is the study of human expression throughout history. Art historians develop a variety of skills like in-depth analysis and critical thinking as they study objects in the context of historical development and style. They also use research—theirs or someone else’s—to preserve, repair and catalog artwork so that future generations can enjoy the diverse world of art from past to present.

Students majoring in art history have a variety of options when it comes to careers, but the major itself is not recommended in the current job market. Art historians are typically employed at museums, galleries, and universities with a starting salary of $45,000. Some art historians enter the education field and, as university professors, can earn an average of $58,000 per year. Others majoring in this field sometimes utilize their skills to become academic librarians, archivists, arts administrators, lecturers, and museum education officers.