What Can I do With a Degree in Anthropology?

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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.

Careers Reported by Anthropology Majors on College/University Surveys

    This is a list of careers 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
    • 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 Director of Annual Giving for a college
    • Assistant for a talent/literary agency
    • Assistant Language Teacher for a Japanese cultural exchange program
    • Assistant Video Producer for a radio station
    • Associate Consultant for a global management consulting firm
    • Biological Technician for a federal government agency
    • Business Advisor for a bank
    • Business Analyst for a management consulting firm
    • Care Coordinator for a community-based nonprofit
    • Child Case Manager for a behavioral health agency
    • Claims Analyst for a health insurer
    • 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
    • Copywriter for an online catalog
    • Director of Development for a faith-based organization
    • Director of Operations for a nonprofit serving youth
    • 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
    • Facilities Manager for a media company
    • Field Archaeologist for a cultural resource management firm
    • Field Archaeologist for a museum of archeology
    • Financial Analyst for a university
    • Group Counselor for a social services nonprofit serving youth/families
    • Immunization Program Research Assistant for a state public health department
    • Lab Assistant for a community hospital
    • Lab Manager/Researcher for a university
    • Lab Technician for a university
    • Legislative Aide for a state government
    • Librarian for a regional library
    • 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
    • Middle School Math & Science Teacher for an educational nonprofit
    • Multimedia Specialist for a university
    • National Leadership Consultant for a national sorority
    • Outreach Coordinator for an environmental nonprofit
    • Peer Health Education Program Director for a university
    • Physician Scribe for a hospital
    • 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
    • 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 media company
    • Student Affairs Officer for a university
    • Teacher for a national education nonprofit
    • Trainee for a wealth management firm
    • Trainer for a medical device supplier
    • Underwriting Assistant for a commercial insurance agency
    • Writer for a law firm

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    Careers Reported by Anthropology Majors 

    The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Anthropology. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go the the Standard Occupational Classification system.

    • Postsecondary Teachers
    • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
    • Lawyers and Judges
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Social Workers
    • Registered Nurses
    • Social and Community Service Managers
    • Education Administrators
    • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
    • Human Resources Workers
    • Management Analysts
    • Sales Representatives
    • Counselors
    • Accountants and Auditors
    • Secondary School Teachers
    • Chief Executives and Legislators
    • Librarians
    • Computer Support Specialists
    • Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians
    • Physical Scientists
    • Designers
    • Financial Managers
    • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
    • Computer Systems Analysts
    • Computer and Information Systems Managers
    • Medical and Health Services Managers
    • Marketing and Sales Managers
    • Editors
    • Psychologists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
    • Personal Financial Advisors
    • Human Resources Managers
    • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
    • Special Education Teachers
    • Compliance Officers
    • Web Developers
    • Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
    • Artists 
    • Dentists
    • Technical Writers
    • Training and Development Specialists
    • Operations Research Analysts
    • Computer Programmers
    • Fundraisers
    • Purchasing Agents
    • News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
    • Public Relations Specialists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Judicial Law Clerks

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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: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

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

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    Professional Associations

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    Sites with Career-Related Information for Anthropology Majors

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    Department of Anthropology - Portland State University

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