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An Annus Horribilis for Anthropology?

Science  21 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6114, pp. 1520
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6114.1520

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In the fall of 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott proclaimed that his state didn't need any more anthropologists, and that public money would be better spent educating scientists. Then in January, a study found that the unemployment rate among recent graduates with bachelor's degrees in anthropology and archaeology was 10.5%, surpassed by few other majors, and that anthropology majors who did get jobs were also among the lowest paid. It's been a tough year for anthropology, but don't count out this field: Most said the bad press wasn't fair, noting that the situation is very different for bachelor's degree– and advanced degree–holders.

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