What Can You Do with an Anthropology Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with an anthropology degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an anthropology degree?

To become an actual “anthropologist,” you will need an advanced degree. Many anthropologists spend much of their time teaching in and doing research in universities, which also requires a Ph.D. Still, this doesn’t mean that an anthropology undergraduate degree has to lead to graduate school. Although you might consider it, because anthropology is projected to have one of the highest salary growth.

Still, many anthropology majors do not go on to graduate work, at least not immediately. Anthropology is a liberal arts major, which can open a variety of doors in its own right. An anthropology degree is an ideal foundation for cross-cultural work, so some anthropology majors go into foreign relations.

Some anthropology degree holders go to work for the government. Many go to work in museums, libraries, zoos, and galleries. Some work within companies and organizations as consultants or in management. Some work in marketing and sales. Others go into social work. Some work in community centers. Some work in historic preservation. Some work in research laboratories. Some work for parks and historic sites, and as most of us know from watching Dr. Temperance Brennan once a week, some anthropology majors do go into forensics.

For more information, visit the American Anthropological Association.

Careers you can get with a degree in anthropology include:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeological Technician
  • Art Conservator
  • Archivist Assistant
  • Conservation Restoration Technician
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Cultural Specialist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Museum Curator
  • Research Technician
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Social Science Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Travel Guide
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