Careers with a Degree in Anthropology

Anthropology is a versatile major with many different career paths. Anthropology majors have been employed both in the private sector and the public sector. The government is one of the largest employers of anthropologists in the country. Anthropology courses often teach the skill sets necessary for jobs in fields outside of anthropology. Students are taught how to carefully analyze data, understand minute details, and conduct interviews with people while being culturally sensitive. As a result, many anthropologists are employed by corporations, nonprofits, the government, and academia.

What jobs can you get with an Anthropology degree?

Many job avenues are possible with an anthropology degree. The most obvious one is an academic career, teaching anthropology in college or high school, which involves attainment of advanced anthropology degree. Anthropologists also teach in other departments besides anthropology, including biology, chemistry, geography, and other social science departments. However, many nonacademic companies are employing more anthropologists for the skills they possess.

Anthropology majors are more adept at collecting, managing, evaluating, and interpreting data on human behavior, which allows for a wide variety of jobs. Anthropology is also especially useful for any occupation that has to deal with humans. Many doctors, lawyers, and other social science fields require some knowledge in anthropology.

In addition to the academic side of anthropology, students can also work on the applied realm. This can include archaeological work employed by the government.

Due to increasing globalization in the world, anthropologists have the toolkit to interact with people of different cultures, which makes them specially adept in cross-cultural communications.

List of Occupations held by individuals with Anthropology degrees:

Academic: Professors, teachers, researchers

Government: Archaeologist (Park Services), Museum curators, Anthropologist (employed by the military as part of war efforts), Human resources, Hospital workers (Cultural liaisons), Forensic anthropologists, Law enforcement

Nonprofit: Employ anthropologists to help design and implement a wide variety of programs, worldwide and nationwide.

Corporate: Market researcher (to understand human preference in products), Human resources, Book representatives, Lawyers, Public relations, Public Health, Fundraising, Design, Urban planning, Media communications, Human ecology, Sales

This list is not exhaustive, there are many people who have anthropology degrees that hold different job titles but still employ the toolkit they learned as an anthropology major.

Jobs Websites:

American Anthropological Association Career Center
http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/

American Association of Physical Anthropology Job Postings
http://physanth.org/job-postings

American Academy of Forensic Science Job Postings
http://aafs.org/current-job-openings

USA Jobs
http://www.usajobs.gov/