What Can I Do with an Anthropology Degree?

Anthropology examines the complexity and diversity of human experience, past and present, through evolutionary, archaeological, social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. As such, Anthropology is a truly interdisciplinary venture that spans the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This broad mandate has led to the division of the discipline into three broad areas of research: Archaeology;  Evolutionary Anthropology; and the study of Society, Culture and Language.

A training in anthropology prepares students to think clearly and critically; to engage with a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and world views; and to reach ethically sound decisions. Programs available within the Department of Anthropology provide excellent preparation for careers in business, or public service and the non-profit sector, especially in areas where international and human diversity issues are important. Courses in anthropology provide a unique grounding and can be fruitfully combined with courses in a wide variety of other disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Careers in Anthropology

Career opportunities for people with anthropology degrees are wide-ranging. For an engaging look at many types of work that anthropologists are engaged in throughout the world, please check out “This is Anthropology,” prepared by students at the University of South Florida: http://prezi.com/vmvomt3sj3fd/this-is-anthropology/ 

The American Anthropological Association also has some valuable tips and resources relating to careers in anthropology: http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/careers/index.cfm

The Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) lists the latest Anthropology related job postings at http://cas-sca.ca/publications/job-bank/jobseekers

Check out the Society for Applied Anthropology for information about careers outside of academia: http://www.sfaa.net/

At the University of Toronto, the Career Centre is dedicated to helping students and recent alumni (up to 2 years) map out the career path best suited for them and putting them in touch with work opportunities. A personalized, student-centred web site provides 24-hour access to thousands of part-time, summer, full-time employment and volunteer listings. The Centre’s Career Resource Library contains valuable information on career development, further education and employment. The Career Centre is located in the Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street. Website: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cc

Career Advice and Job Postings

The following links can be very helpful in researching information about jobs, careers and advice:

 

Where To Get More Information:

  1. http://www.aaanet.org/careers.htm   Home page of the AAA, this site provides some very useful information on the skills you develop with a degree in Anthropology as well as some career paths that have been followed by Anthropology majors.  It also states jobs currently being occupied by anthropologists and some generally interesting notes.
  2.  http://www.nku.edu/~anthro/careers.html#careers   Certainly one of the best sites you’ll find, it offers a lengthy list of organizations that have hired anthropologists as well as the subfield of Anthropology involved.  It also links to several of these organizations.  In addition, the site offers some great advice on general career planning.
  3. http://www.primate.wisc.edu/pin/careers.html   Students interested in Primatology will be spending a lot of time at this site. Full of information you’ll find job titles, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, educational programs, various careers associated with Primatology and links to primate societies just to name a few.  This is certainly one of the best pages out there.
  4. http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismdepts/anthro/dlcfaq.html Anyone interested in Archaeology should take a look at this page offering practical advice on jobs, training, education as well as other places to get more information on Archaeology.  There is also an FAQ section devoted specifically to Archaeology.
  5. http://www.anthrotech.com/resources/Categories/Jobs/guides.html This page offers links to sites about certain anthropological subfields, namely Biological and Archaeology.
  6. http://www.career.pdx.edu/majoranthropology.htm A page with a list of books that might be of interest to Anthropology majors.  It also links to many professional organizations and other sites dealing with careers in Anthropology.
  7. http://weber.ucsd.edu/~jmoore/bioanthro/brochure2.html A page on non-academic careers in Physical Anthropology, it includes careers in the private and public sector as well as related occupations.  Useful skills are also mentioned.
  8. http://www.sfaa.net/ This is actually the home page for the Society of Applied Anthropology.  It provides a list of position openings in Anthropology showing the diversity of employment available.  Some insight on the US Environmental Anthropology Project is also offered.
  9. http://prezi.com/vmvomt3sj3fd/this-is-anthropology/ This slide show prepared by students at the University of Florida demonstrates different types of work that Anthropologists are engaged in.