- Human Relations
- Surveying and sampling
- Examination of data and artifacts
- Ability to conduct field studies
- Ability to work with other cultures
- Knowledge of history
- Investigative thinking
- Understanding environmental phenomena
- Organizing people, information, data, & equipment
- Artifact illustration
- Map reading skills
- Competency in another language
- Ability to work in primitive conditions
- Most professional anthropological jobs require agraduate degree.
- Those interested in anthropology may specialize in one of its fourbranches: archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, or physicalanthropology. Many subfields exist within the larger specialties suchas forensic anthropology, a subfield of physical anthropology. Typically students take a general curriculum as an undergraduate andspecialize through graduate studies.
- As the demand for university/college faculty positions decreases,most openings will exist in consulting firms and government agencies.
- To increase your employment opportunities with a bachelor's degree,consider minoring or double majoring in another field such associology, business, urban planning, or public administration.
- Anthropology provides a solid background for a variety of graduateprograms including law, medicine, forensics, or genetic counseling. Research admissions requirements and take prerequisite courses.
- Anthropology is good preparation for jobs thatinvolve people skills and require an understanding of cultural differences.
- Spend a summer in field school or travel and studyother cultures.
- Volunteer to help with a professor's research.
- Gaining relevant work experience through internships,practicums, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions is critical.
- Student Affairs
- Library/Information Science
- Non-classroom Education
- Universities/colleges/community colleges
- University research institutes or laboratories
- Campus museums
- Nature centers
- Earn a Ph.D. in Anthropology for university and college faculty positions or an M.A./M.S. for community college positions.
- Earn a graduate degree in College Student Affairs, Library/Information Science or related field for work in student affairs, administration, or libraries.
- Gain research experience by assisting professors or participating in independent studies.
- Maintain a high GPA and develop strong professional recommendations.
- Develop excellent communication and presentation skills.
- Get involved in campus leadership positions such as Resident Assistant, Peer Advisor, or Admissions Tour Guide.
Museums and Archives
- Natural history or history museums: Universities, State, federal or local, Private
- Historical Societies
- Plan to earn a graduate degree in anthropology, museum studies, library science (with an emphasis on archives) or other related discipline depending upon specific interests. Gain relevant experience through internships or volunteering positions in museums. Develop a strong attention to detail. Be prepared to relocate to access the most employment opportunities.
- Cultural/Resource Management
- Field Work
- Consulting firms
- Environmental/engineering companies
- Firms specializing in archaeological investigation
- Federal, state and local government
- Urban and city planning offices
- Historic preservation societies
- Field positions require a B.S./B.A. and previous field experience.
- Getinvolved with faculty research or other research programs.
- Obtain agraduate degree to direct field crews.
- May need a willingness totravel and endure adverse living/working conditions during fieldstudies or excavations.
- Working conditions and hours vary with the type of work/research performed.
- Cultural Resource Management
- Site Management
- Museum Conservation
- Legislative Compliance Review
- Program Management and Evaluation
- Impact Assessment: Social, Environmental
- Policy Analysis
- Urban Planning
- Federal agencies including:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Bureau of Land Management
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Department of Conservation
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Natural Resources
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- National Institutes of Health
- National Park Service
- Public Health Service
- Smithsonian Institute
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Forest Service
- State Agencies:
- HistoricPreservation Offices
- Learn federal or state application procedures. Graduate degree generally required for higher-level positions.
- Gain related experience through internships in areas of interest.
- Develop statistical, analytical and computer skills and learn various research methodologies.
- Get involved in campus organizations to develop leadership abilities and interpersonal skills.
- Consider earning a minor or double major to qualify for particular areas of interest, e.g.learn a foreign language for translating/interpreting positions.
- Program management and development
- Policy analysis
- Fund Raising/Development
- Grant Writing
- Nonprofit organizations
- Social service agencies
- Hospitals and medical centers
- Private foundations, e.g. The Ford Foundation
- International organizations, e.g. The World HealthOrganization, The International Red Cross, and the United Nations
- Seek volunteer and internship positions to gain experience.
- Hone skillsin public speaking, writing, and programming.
- Obtain a degree incounseling for therapy positions.
- Learn to work well with people from varying backgrounds.
- Human Resources
- Public Relations
- Business corporations in various industries such as: banking, retailing, insurance, financial services, travel and tourism.
- Cultural resource firms
- International companies
- Consulting firms: management, scientific, technical
- Many businesses hire students of "any major" if they have relevant experience and have developed the skills employers seek.
- Minor in business or another relevant field.
- Obtain related experience through internships, summer and part-time jobs.
- Develop strong analytical and computer skills.
- Learn to work well on a team.
- Get involved in campus organizations and seek leadership roles.
- Documentary Film Production
- Photography/Photo journalism
- Colleges and universities
- Government agencies
- Government and private museums
- Local historical societies or sites
- Television and motion picture industry
- Internet media companies
- Independent production companies
- Publishing houses
- Newspapers and magazines
- Minor or double major in a communications field.
- Develop excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Submit articles or books for publication.
- Work for campus or student run publications.
- Demonstrate talent, persistence, assertiveness, competitive spirit, and enthusiasm.
- Compile a portfolio of writing, graphics and ideas.
- Develop strong computer skills.
- Obtain internship, summer or part-time experience with book, magazine, or newspaper publishers.
- Develop an attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
- Archeology – Field technician, project management
- Federal and State agencies – archeologists and anthropologists can work in many local agencies.
- Museums - Exhibit design, conservation of and research with collections, museum administration.
- Teaching – In many universities individuals with Anthropology back ground teach, conduct research and provide excellent insight to students on cultural and human evolution over time. Also professors are involved in writing for magazines and publishing books in this field.
- World wide non-governmental agencies such as WHO, UN, World Bank and FAO hire anthropologist and archeologists
- Bilingual program specialist
- Collections Manager
- Forensic Anthropologist
- Foundations Program Manager
- Scientific Linguist