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The U.S. Department of Labor reports there are about 6,500 anthropologists and archeologists working in the United States. Traditionally, most anthropologists have worked as professors for colleges, universities, and community colleges, or as curators for museums. But these numbers are changing. The American Anthropological Association estimates that 50 percent of its members now work outside academe in such diverse areas as social service programs, health organizations, city planning departments, and marketing departments of corporations. Others work for architectural and construction firms, to make sure that building sites are cleared of any material of archaeological interest, and others work for research institutions. Some also work as consultants or are "independent scholars" supporting themselves by working in other industries. 

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