MAJORING IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Below are some resources for students interested in majoring in anthropology or learning more about careers for anthropology majors. Keep in mind that most people who work as "anthropologists" have graduate degrees (master's degree or PhD), but the skills an anthropology bachelor's degree provides can be very useful in many other professions and fields.
Students majoring in anthropology - particularly those who decide not to go to graduate school – and who'd like to work in a career related to anthropology are advised to obtain some training, coursework and/or internship experience in applied anthropology or a related applied field so they have a wider range of skills which may make them more marketable when they're ready to enter the job market (e.g. museum curation, cultural resource management, National Park Service, Geographic Information Systems certification, journalism, environmental consulting, forensic analysis, market research).
If you're interested in majoring anthropology, you should do a lot of research to learn about the opportunities that are available to you and use all of the following resources as a starting point:
What is Anthropology? (On this website published by the
American Anthropological Association, you can learn more about the discipline
of anthropology, use an interactive map to learn about anthropology
projects in different parts of the world, explore the skills and careers
anthropologists have, and find out how you can become an anthropologist).
¥ Here's Why Companies
Are Desperate to Hire Anthropologists (Business Insider article,
Anthropology (a presentation with various examples of what applied anthropologists
¥ Careers Related to
Anthropology (a list of career profiles, as well as related info such as job outlook
data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Why Major in Anthropology?
ItÕs intellectually exciting!
Anthropology provides students with the skills to succeed in many 21st century careers:
- a broad, holistic perspective to
understand a variety of topics and solve problems
of a wide range of global, social, political, and historical
- ability to be flexible and comfortable in multicultural and
- advocacy for the disadvantaged and powerless
strong critical thinking and analytical reading skills
written and verbal communication skills
- careful record-keeping and
attention to details
¥ Anthropology has a broader scope than most other disciplines and provides students with a unique perspective and in-depth understanding of human behavior and communities around the world