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Places of Employment

Anthropology majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, & problem solving skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' jobs database where employers indicated an interest in recruiting students majoring in anthropology . This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for anthropology majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

Jobs Reported by Anthropology Majors

This is a list of jobs anthropology majors reported having at graduation. It was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Account Executive for a marketing company
  • Administrative Assistant for a historical society
  • Admissions Advisor for a university
  • Agent Trainee for global talent agency
  • Analyst for a consulting firm
  • Archeology Lab Manager for a historic site
  • Archeology Technician for a federal agency
  • Archaeologist/Lab Tech for a tribal council
  • Archaeological Technician for a cultural resource management firm
  • Assistant Buyer for a department store
  • Assistant Director of Annual Giving for a college
  • Assistant for a talent/literary agency
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a Japanese cultural exchange program
  • Assistant Manager for a public records business
  • Assistant Teacher for a nursery school
  • Assistant Video Producer for a radio station
  • Associate Consultant for a global management consulting firm
  • Associate for a provider of internet-related products
  • Biological Technician for a federal government agency
  • Bookseller for a bookstore
  • Business Advisor for a bank
  • Business Analyst for a discount retailer
  • Business Analyst for a management consulting firm
  • Canvasser for a public interest research group
  • Care Coordinator for a community-based nonprofit
  • Case Assistant for a law firm
  • Child Case Manager for a behavioral health agency
  • Circulation Clerk for a county library
  • Circus Performer for a vacation resort
  • Claims Analyst for a health insurer
  • Client Services Representative for a staffing company
  • Client Services Specialist for a software manufacturer’
  • Clinical Research Coordinator for a University
  • Communications Specialist for a philanthropy
  • Community Action Program Assistant for a small public high school
  • Community Development Assistant for a community center
  • Consumer Advocate for an online business offering discounts to members
  • Contract Administrative Specialist for a professional services firm
  • Coordinator for county public health benefits program
  • Copywriter for a producer of online catalogs
  • Deputy Coroner for a county coroner’s office
  • Direct Support Provider for a nonprofit serving people with disabilities
  • Director of Development for a faith-based organization
  • Director of Operations for a nonprofit serving youth
  • District Sales Leader for a food company
  • Early Childhood Special Needs Teacher for a public school
  • English as a Second Language Instructor for an international nonprofit organization
  • English Teacher for a Ministry of Education program
  • Event Coordinator for an American opinion journal
  • Executive Assistant for an environmental nonprofit
  • Executive Team Leader for a discount retailer
  • Facilities Manager for a media company
  • Field Archaeologist for a cultural resource management firm
  • Field Archaeologist for a museum of archeology
  • Financial Aid Technician for a community college
  • Financial Analyst for a university
  • Front Desk Clerk for a resort
  • Group Counselor for a social services nonprofit serving youth/families
  • Immunization Program Research Assistant for a state public health department
  • Instructional Assistant for a public school
  • Intern for a federal agency
  • Intern for an environmental engineering firm
  • Lab Assistant for a community hospital
  • Lab Manager/Researcher for a university
  • Lab Technician for a university
  • Legal Assistant for a law firm
  • Legislative Aide for a state government
  • Librarian for a regional library
  • Library Assistant for a university
  • Manager for a women’s clothing store
  • Market Manager for a travel company
  • Marketing Analyst for an online question/answer website
  • Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for trekking guide company
  • Marketing Assistant/Exhibits Manager for a university press
  • Media Associate for a public policy/research/advocacy nonprofit
  • Medical Assistant for a medical clinic
  • Membership Associate for an art museum
  • Mental Health Assistant for a nonprofit serving youth
  • Middle School Math & Science Teacher for an educational nonprofit
  • Multimedia Specialist for a university
  • Music Intern for an online art & culture magazine
  • National Leadership Consultant for a national sorority
  • Office Manager for a construction company
  • Operations Manager for a sporting goods retailer
  • Outreach Coordinator for an environmental nonprofit
  • Para-educator for a public school
  • Paralegal for a law firm
  • Patient Services Representative at a medical clinic
  • Peer Health Education Program Director for a university
  • Personal Trainer for a fitness center
  • Physician Scribe for a hospital
  • Preschool Teacher for a federally funded child care program
  • Procurement Coordinator for a nonprofit that makes bio-specimens available to researchers
  • Production Assistant for a design company
  • Program Manager for a university alumni association
  • Project Coordinator for a nonprofit research foundation
  • Project Manager for a public science center
  • Project Manager for an international coffee company
  • Quality Assurance Analyst for a health-related nonprofit
  • Receptionist for a county bar association
  • Receptionist for a veterinary hospital
  • Record Screening Specialist for a public records business
  • Recruitment Coordinator for a global construction consulting firm
  • Research Assistant for a children’s hospital
  • Research Assistant for a global public health organization
  • Research Assistant for a marketing research company
  • Research Assistant for a national laboratory
  • Research Assistant for an educational & research institute
  • Research Associate for a cultural/educational nonprofit
  • Research Associate for a public health institute
  • Research coordinator for a hospital
  • Research Technician for a federal agency
  • Researcher for a global transmedia company
  • Sales Coordinator for an interactive advertising company
  • Senior Library Technician for a community college
  • Senior Production Equipment Operator for a health care products company
  • Services Consultant for a credit union
  • Staff Assistant for a museum of science
  • Student Affairs Officer for a university
  • Swim Coach for a school district   
  • Teacher Aide for a preschool
  • Teacher for a child care company
  • Teacher for a national education nonprofit
  • Teacher’s Aide for a private elementary school
  • Trainee for a wealth management firm
  • Trainer for a medical device supplier
  • Tutor for charter school
  • Underwriting Assistant for a commercial insurance agency
  • Veterinary Technician for a veterinarian
  • Writer for a law firm

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: Portland su and pass code: 3w9n

  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Archaeologist
  • Historic Park Manager
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Registrar

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Anthropology Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Anthropology Majors

Department of Anthropology - Portland State University

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