|From what my professor has said, it's possible to get a job as part of a team with a bachelors, with a masters you can teach at community college and work higher up within the team, and a phd is great, but unless you want to do your own research, you can make it just fine without one.|
I don't mean to discourage... I have a BA and an MA in anthropology and I LOVE anthro, I don't regret my choices... but it's important to go into this field with eyes open. Anthropology has lots of use outside of academia so if you're willing to be creative there are hundreds of options! I've worked in education, research, consulting, even graphic design all as a result of my anthro background. The military and various government agencies are always interested in anthropologists if you're ok with that sort of work (especially if you have a few languages too). Applied anthropology is in demand for corporations and international businesses, museums and law firms need anthropologists too (especially when dealing with First Nation or Treaty law, the Dawes Act, day to day curation, etc). And you could always go all CSI... either straight up forensic anthropology or with a combined degree in Anthropology and Forensics (there is a nice forensic program at SUNY Albany that would be perfect as an "add on" to an anthro degree). Like I said, a degree in Anthropology doesn't close doors. But it isn't a degree with a clear cut progression... you get to be creative and build your own future.
Oh, and what I realized was that I adore research and information. I'm going back to school to complete a library science degree. My ultimate goal is to work in an anthropological collection, like this one or in a more general research library that has an active anthropology collection (so most liberal arts colleges or research universities). MMMmmmm.... bliss!