Career Opportunities in Anthropology

Business, medicine, development, social work – Anthropology majors commonly go into these and other fields, drawing on their liberal arts skills and special insight into cultural, interpersonal dynamics.

With its emphasis on both Western and non-Western cultures and its aim to integrate perspectives from the humanities and sciences, anthropology offers valuable training for students in our increasingly interconnected world. A major or minor in anthropology provides excellent preparation for a multitude of careers, especially those which involve multicultural or international communities.  Students of anthropology find employment in both public and private sectors, in fields as as diverse as museum curation and cultural resource management, social work, education, public health and medicine, refugee resettlement, business and more.

What can I do with this major?

Any job needing critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, interviewing skills, understanding of group dynamics, seeing from multiple angles!

Fields and Areas:

  • Policy Analysis
  • Consulting
  • Social Work
  • Administration

Typical Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Government Offices
  • Medical Centers
  • Consulting firms

Fields and Areas:

  • Administration
  • Fund Raising
  • Research
  • Community Education
  • Public Relations and Marketing

Typical Employers:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Medical Centers
  • Private foundations (e.g. Ford Foundation)
  • International organizations (e.g. World Health Organization)
  • Special interest groups
  • Trade or professional associations
  • Libraries
  • Educational institutions

Fields and Areas:

  • Research and Curation
  • Administration
  • Education
  • Development

Typical Employers:

  • Natural history or history museums
  • Historical homes
  • Art galleries
  • Libraries
  • Historical societies
  • Universities and colleges
  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Research institutes

Fields and Areas:

  • Administration
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Legislative Compliance Review
  • Program Management and Evaluation
  • Impact Assessment
  • Policy Analysis (e.g. urban planning, immigration)
  • Translation/Interpretation

Typical Employers:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Park Service
  • Public Health Service
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Departments of: Conservation, Health and Human Services
  • Housing and Urban Development

Fields and Areas:

  • Teaching and Research
  • Library/Information Science

Typical Employers:

  • Universities, secondary education
  • Community colleges
  • Research institutes

Fields and Areas:

  • Customer Research
  • Product Design
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

Typical Employers:

  • Private companies in technology, service, industry, agriculture (e.g. Hallmark, Intel)
  • Consulting Firms

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