Careers in Anthropology

dictionary“Adding an anthropologist to a research team is like moving from black-and-white TV to color,” says Crain. “We’re able to observe shades of color that others can’t see. Anthropologists understand complexity and can help devise answers that reflect that complexity.” -read more in Anthropologists Go Native in the Corporate Village

“Anthropologists are nothing if not flexible in the job market, as the career pathways analysis showed.” -excerpted from the2009 MA Alumni Survey

In response to a survey by the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA), respondents provided the following responses to describe their post-graduate employment:

Education/Outreach Administration/Management
Archaeology Ethnography/Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Evaluation/Assessment
Historic Preservation Health (international/public health)
Museum/Curation/Project Design Environment and Natural Resources
Community Development Business
Advocacy (human rights/social justice) Tourism/Heritage
Human/Social Services Healthcare Management/Services/Deliver
Computers/Software Development/Information Technology Management Consulting/Organizational Development/Training
Design (products and/or services) Social Impact Assessment
International Development/Affairs Market Research
Forensics Law/Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Mass Communication Humanitarian Efforts

Please be advised the AAA is not responsible for either these websites or the information they provide but merely supplies the information as a service to the anthropological community.

Today’s anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists can be found in a surprising array of fields and careers, not least of which being mother-of-the-President of the United States of America. Anthropologists can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions and non-profit associations. Anthropologists work in disaster areas, including Ground Zero in New York and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Check out the diversity of anthropologists in attendance at the Careers Expo at the 2012 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Whatever their field of choice, anthropologists can change the way we view and interact with our world. There are many areas of anthropological study…

  • Sociocultural Anthropology – Examines social patterns and practices across cultures
  • Archaeology – Studies past people and cultures through the analysis of material remains
  • Physical Anthropology – Studies animal origins and biologically determined nature of humankind
  • Linguistic Anthropology – Studies the ways in which language reflects and influences social life
  • Medical Anthropology – Seeks to better understand factors that influence peoples’ health and well being
  • Forensic Anthropology – Analyzes skeletal, decomposed, or otherwise unidentified human remains to aid in detection of crime
  • Business Anthropology – Applies anthropological theories and methods to identify and solve business problems
  • Visual Anthropology – Uses images for the description, analysis, communication and interpretation of behavior
  • Environmental Anthropology – Examines how people interact with, respond to, and bring about changes in the environment
  • Museum Anthropology – Studies the history of museums, their role in society, and changes in this role

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