What can I do with a degree in Anthropology? 

Anthropology students acquire skills that enable them to explore a wide variety of occupations and professions. Check out the skills and knowledge you will gain during your studies, then have a look at some of the possible employers to see if you would like to participate in these fields.

As a student of Anthropology you will gain the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Research design
  • Conducting research
  • Data Collection
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Intepreting analyses
  • Computing
  • Lab skills
  • Knowledge of human behaviour
  • Proposal and report writing
  • Communications Skills
  • Public speaking
  • Making presentations
  • Budgeting

You will also acquire the following specialized knowledge:

  • Archaeological survey methods
  • Mapping
  • Social research methods
  • Cultural ethics
  • Cross cultural sensitivities
  • Policy making as culture
  • Knowledge of organizations
  • First Nations history and culture
  • Global perspectives
  • Gender sensitivities

These are some types of employers you may encounter:

  • Art Galleries
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Societies
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Research Firms
  • Consulting Firms
  • Law Firms
  • Educational Institutions
  • Newspapers
  • Government agencies
  • Social Service organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Business and industrial firms
  • Labour Unions

 Occupations courtesy of American Anthropological Association and Pearson Publishing:

Legislative Aide
Genetic Counselor
Ecotourism Director
Industrial Psychologist
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Immigration Inspector
Program Coordinator
Community Agency Director
Management Consultant
Family Service Counselor
Coroner/Medical Examiner
Employment Recruiter
School Psychologist
Foreign Affairs Officer
Vocational Teacher
Union Legal Counsel
Collections Manager
Marriage Counselor
Foundation Program Manager
Rural Development Officer
Multicultural Program Leader
Museum Technician

Museum Registrar
Public Relations Specialist
Health Science Administrator
Government Research Analyst
Community Planner
Museum Education Director
Public Administrator
Human Resource Administrator
Labour Relations Specialist
Court Caseworker
Cultural Affairs Specialist
Head Start Program Director
Rehabilitation Counselor
Historic Park Manager
International Agency Rep
Government Policy Analyst
Museum Curator
Scientific Linguist
Art Conservator
Business Manager
Community Affairs Specialist
Social Science Analyst
Career Counselor

Urban Planner
Media Planner
Fund Raiser
Academic Advisor
Historical Society Director
Medical Anthropologist
Communications Specialist
Park Service Supervisor
Social Insurance Rep
Cultural Resource Manager
Cooperative Extension Agent
Laboratory Assistant
Forensic Anthropologist
Mental Health Worker
Foreign Affairs Officer
Probation/Parole Officer
Radio/TV Newscaster
Child Welfare Worker
Peace Corps Area Director
Legislative Aide
Behavioural Science Advisor
Information Officer
Marketing Manager
Public Health Educator