Anthropology is the scientific and humanistic study of the human species. Anthropologists take a holistic and cross-cultural view of the species, integrating biological, historical, and cultural perspectives.

Sample Occupations

  • Museums/Archives
  • Curator
  • Artifact Conservator
  • Researcher
  • Resource Librarian
  • Restoration Specialist
  • Historian
  • Archivist
  • Nonprofit
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Government
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Legislative Compliance
  • Urban Planner
  • Epidemiologist
  • Surveyor
  • Customs Officer
  • Education
  • Admissions Officer
  • International Student
  • Officer
  • Archaeology
  • Researcher
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Communications
  • Documentary Film Producer
  • Journalist
  • Photojournalist

Types of Employers

  • Museums
  • State & National Park Service
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Zoos
  • Historical Societies
  • Libraries
  • National Archives & Records
  • City Planning Offices
  • Consulting Firms
  • Government
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Newspapers/Magazines

Preparing for your career in

Archaeology: Participate in a summer field school experience in archeology since field positions require a bachelor’s degree and field experience, get involved with faculty research, be willing and fit to travel in adverse living conditions, get a graduate degree

Museums/Archives: Earn a graduate degree in museum studies, conservation, or information science since competitive candidates may have more than one graduate degree, learn about grant writing, budgeting, and legal issues surrounding historical artifacts, attend relevant conferences, seminars, and trainings, earn the Certified Archivist designation, develop written and oral skills, and organizational skills

Government: Become familiar with the government job application process; develop statistical, analytical, and computer skills and learn various research methodologies; consider earing a minor or double major in a foreign language for translator positions

Nonprofit: Seek volunteer and internship positions in nonprofit organizations, learn how to write grants and understand budgeting and fiscal management, investigate service corps positions as a way to enter the field, gain leadership roles

Communications: Work for campus or student-run publications, submit articles or books for publication, minor or double major in a communications field, compile a portfolio of writing, graphics and ideas, develop assertiveness and a competitive spirit

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