Anthropology

Career fields for Anthropology majors with different emphases vary:

  • Emphasis in Sociocultural Anthropology: development, community organizing, policy analysis, and social research.
  • Linguistic Anthropologists: inter-cultural communication, language revitalization, and literacy programs.
  • Emphasis in Archaeology: Federal and State agencies and private cultural resource management firms.
  • Biological and Medical Anthropologists: health related occupations and traditional research.
COMMON CAREER PATHS (some require advanced degrees:

Health and Human Services
Advocate 
Health Science Administrator 
Physician 
Social Worker 
Family Service Counselor 
Job Counselor
Public Health Educator 
Transplant Registry Database Manager 
Genetic Counselor 
Medical Anthropologist
Social Service Agency Planner 

Research/Education 
Academic Advisor/Counselor 
Collections Manager 
Foundation Program Manager 
Museum Curator/Technician 
Anthropologist 
College Professor 
Genealogist 
Museum Education Director 
Archaeologist 
Computer Simulation Model Designer 
Librarian 
Paleontologist 
Archivist 
Contract Archaeologist 
Linguist or Scientific Linguist 
Art Conservator 
Ethnologist 
Marketing Researcher 
Social Science Analyst 
Behavioral Science Advisor 
Field Archaeologist 
Media Planner 
Teacher, Elementary/Secondary 
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist 
Forensic Anthropologist
Multicultural Education
Specialist/Director
Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) 
Vocational Teacher

Government/Public Service
Bureau of Indian Affairs Researcher
Immigration Inspector 
Community Development Officer 
Cultural Resource Manager 
International Agency Representative 
Probation Officer 
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Foreign Affairs Officer 
National/State Park Interpreter 
Congressional Committee Staff Director 
Friend of the Court 
Caseworker 
Park Service Supervisor/Director 
Social Insurance Representative 
Coroner/Medical Examiner 
Head Start Program Director 
Peace Corps Area Director 
State/Federal Government Policy Analyst 
Urban Planner

Business 
Actuary 
Environmental Impact Assessment Researcher 
Loan Officer/Bank Officer
Staff Training Specialist 
Advertiser 
Human Resources Manager 
Management Consultant 
Technical Writer 
Biographer 
Industrial Psychologist 
Management Consultant 
Tour Guide 
Corporate Communications Consultant 
Insurance Claims Adjuster 
Marketing Manager 
Travel Agent/Guide 
Employee Relations Specialist 
International Visitor Escort/Consultant 
Media Specialist 
Travel Consultant 
Employment Recruiter 
Journalist 
Personnel Management Specialist 
Union Legal Counsel

JOB AND CAREER INFORMATION WEB SITES:

Archeology and Anthropology Careers from Northern Kentucky University (info on cultural, physical, applied and linguistic anthropology as well as archeology) 
Forensic Anthropology Career Information 
Careers in Archaeology Information  

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (employment listings) 

American Association of Physical Anthropology (job listings) 
Archeology Fieldwork Opportunities (under "Resources," click on "Employment Listings")

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

American Association of Museums 
Center for Museum Studies 
National Trust for Historic Preservation 
Society forAmerican Archaeology

JOB PREPARATION STRATEGIES:

  • PhD is required for university and college faculty positions and most museum positions.
  • Obtain internship, volunteer or fieldwork placements to gain experience.
  • Learn federal or state government application procedures.
  • Develop practical skills such as computer expertise, written and verbal communication skills, research skills, and project management skills.
  • For jobs outside of academia, earn a degree in another field such as law, business, public administration or social work to increase employment opportunities.

Career fields for Anthropology majors with different emphases vary:

  • Emphasis in Sociocultural Anthropology: development, community organizing, policy analysis, and social research.
  • Linguistic Anthropologists: inter-cultural communication, language revitalization, and literacy programs.
  • Emphasis in Archaeology: Federal and State agencies and private cultural resource management firms.
  • Biological and Medical Anthropologists: health related occupations and traditional research.
COMMON CAREER PATHS (some require advanced degrees:

Health and Human Services
Advocate 
Health Science Administrator 
Physician 
Social Worker 
Family Service Counselor 
Job Counselor
Public Health Educator 
Transplant Registry Database Manager 
Genetic Counselor 
Medical Anthropologist
Social Service Agency Planner 

Research/Education 
Academic Advisor/Counselor 
Collections Manager 
Foundation Program Manager 
Museum Curator/Technician 
Anthropologist 
College Professor 
Genealogist 
Museum Education Director 
Archaeologist 
Computer Simulation Model Designer 
Librarian 
Paleontologist 
Archivist 
Contract Archaeologist 
Linguist or Scientific Linguist 
Art Conservator 
Ethnologist 
Marketing Researcher 
Social Science Analyst 
Behavioral Science Advisor 
Field Archaeologist 
Media Planner 
Teacher, Elementary/Secondary 
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist 
Forensic Anthropologist
Multicultural Education
Specialist/Director
Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) 
Vocational Teacher

Government/Public Service
Bureau of Indian Affairs Researcher
Immigration Inspector 
Community Development Officer 
Cultural Resource Manager 
International Agency Representative 
Probation Officer 
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Foreign Affairs Officer 
National/State Park Interpreter 
Congressional Committee Staff Director 
Friend of the Court 
Caseworker 
Park Service Supervisor/Director 
Social Insurance Representative 
Coroner/Medical Examiner 
Head Start Program Director 
Peace Corps Area Director 
State/Federal Government Policy Analyst 
Urban Planner

Business 
Actuary 
Environmental Impact Assessment Researcher 
Loan Officer/Bank Officer
Staff Training Specialist 
Advertiser 
Human Resources Manager 
Management Consultant 
Technical Writer 
Biographer 
Industrial Psychologist 
Management Consultant 
Tour Guide 
Corporate Communications Consultant 
Insurance Claims Adjuster 
Marketing Manager 
Travel Agent/Guide 
Employee Relations Specialist 
International Visitor Escort/Consultant 
Media Specialist 
Travel Consultant 
Employment Recruiter 
Journalist 
Personnel Management Specialist 
Union Legal Counsel

JOB AND CAREER INFORMATION WEB SITES:

Archeology and Anthropology Careers from Northern Kentucky University (info on cultural, physical, applied and linguistic anthropology as well as archeology) 
Forensic Anthropology Career Information 
Careers in Archaeology Information 
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (employment listings) 
American Association of Physical Anthropology (job listings) 
Archeology Fieldwork Opportunities (under "Resources," click on "Employment Listings")

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

American Association of Museums 
Center for Museum Studies 
National Trust for Historic Preservation 
Society forAmerican Archaeology

JOB PREPARATION STRATEGIES:

  • PhD is required for university and college faculty positions and most museum positions.
  • Obtain internship, volunteer or fieldwork placements to gain experience.
  • Learn federal or state government application procedures.
  • Develop practical skills such as computer expertise, written and verbal communication skills, research skills, and project management skills.
  • For jobs outside of academia, earn a degree in another field such as law, business, public administration or social work to increase employment opportunities.