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Anthropology Careers

Anthropology is an ambitious field that spans the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. We collaborate often with other disciplines, emphasize writing and field skills, and use a variety of methods to help us answer our research questions. Our majors learn how to write reports, conduct interviews and surveys, identify bones, explain inheritance, map and excavate sites, and (all too often) change a tire when the field truck gets a flat! This broad training means that our students go on to excel in many different professions.

Some careers only require a college degree and perhaps some relevant coursework or field training. For example, students who have completed an archaeological field school and a B.A. in anthropology are qualified for most entry-level work in archaeology. Other career paths may require more specialized training. Professional work in forensic anthropology, for example, usually requires a Ph.D. and board certification. We encourage you to meet with anthropology faculty to discuss your interests and get advice on how to reach your career goals. 

The sections below offer some examples of common career paths, and some useful links for internships and job postings. 

Some Common Careers

These links connect to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics "occupational outlook" for each area/industry.

Resources for Job and Internship Postings