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What Will You Do with a Degree in Anthropology?

 

The job opportunities for trained anthropologists are limitless.  The skills of anthropologists - research methods, analytical thinking, intercultural communication, writing - are sought after by employers in a wide range of careers.  An anthropology degree is not just useful for an academic career. Forbes included anthropologist among its Best Jobs for Women in 2012, due to anthropologists' reported levels of job satisfaction and security.

Below listed main career paths for anthropology graduates:

Academic Careers

On campuses, in departments of anthropology, and in research laboratories, anthropologists teach and conduct research. They spend a great deal of time preparing for classes, writing lectures, grading papers, working with individual students, composing scholarly articles, and writing books.

A number of academic anthropologists find careers in other departments or university programs, such as schools of medicine, epidemiology, public health, ethnic studies, cultural studies, community or area studies, linguistics, education, ecology, cognitive psychology and neural science.

Corporate and Business Careers

Many corporations look explicitly for anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their perspective on a corporate team. A corporate anthropologist working in market research might conduct targeted focus groups to examine consumer preference patterns not readily apparent through statistical or survey methods. These anthropologists use their research skills to talk to consumers and users of technology to find out how products and services could be improved to better meet the needs of consumers.

State and Local Government, Nonprofit Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations

Anthropology offers many lucrative applications of anthropological knowledge in a variety of occupational settings, in both the public and private sectors. Non-governmental organizations, such as international health organizations and development banks, employ anthropologists to help design and implement a wide variety of programs, worldwide and nationwide. State and local governmental organizations use anthropologists in planning, research, and managerial capacities. Many corporations look explicitly for anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their perspective on a corporate team. Contract archaeology has been a growth occupation because of state and federal legislative mandates to assess cultural resources affected by government-funded projects. Forensic anthropologists, in careers glamorized by Hollywood and popular novels, not only work with police departments to help identify mysterious or unknown remains but work in university and museum settings. A corporate anthropologist working in market research might conduct targeted focus groups to examine consumer preference patterns not readily apparent through statistical or survey methods.

In response to a survey by the American Anthropological Association's Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA)*, respondents provided the following responses to describe their post-graduate employment:

Education/Outreach

Administration/Management

Archaeology

Ethnography/Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Resource Management (CRM)

Evaluation/Assessment

Historic Preservation

Health (international/public health)

Museum/Curation/Project Design

Environment and Natural Resources

Community Development

Business

Advocacy (human rights/social justice)

Tourism/Heritage

Human/Social Services

Healthcare Management/Services/Deliver

Computers/Software Development/Information Technology

Management Consulting/Organizational Development/Training

Design (products and/or services)

Social Impact Assessment

International Development/Affairs

Market Research

Forensics

Law/Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Mass Communication

Humanitarian Efforts

 

 

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