Careers in Anthropology
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Career tracks in anthropology do not all focus on academic teaching jobs. Anthropologists also work in a broad array of fields, from government and human services to manufacturing and retail industries. These occupations may involve the following: conducting research, implementing policy, teaching, or providing expertise in the areas of health, development, education, or the corporate world. Some job opportunities require an advanced degree (MA or PhD) while others do not. Examples of possible careers in each sub-field include:
- Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
- US Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- State highways departments (BA, MA, PhD)
- Museum and historical society curators and administrators (BA, MA, PhD)
- Native American tribal organizations (BA, MA, PhD)
- Self-employment (e.g., many archaeology graduates go on to start their own CRM companies with an MA or PhD)
- Non-profit groups such as Wenner-Gren
- Ford Foundation
- National Science Foundation
- National Institutes of Health
- World Bank
- Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
- IMF (MA, PhD)
- Relief organizations
- Environmental organizations
- Public policy institute
- Large private consulting firms (BA, MA, PhD)
- Program administrators
- Human resource specialists
While some of these jobs require extensive travel, others do not.
Linguistic anthropologists work in many of the same fields as cultural anthropologists do, but they are usually needed by development and human services groups, both non-profit and private, to bridge the gaps between language and culture. There are also many government jobs for linguists in foreign service branches as well as in intelligence agencies (BA, MA, PhD).
There are physical anthropologists working as forensic specialists in law enforcement and for medical examiners (MA, PhD). They also work as primate wildlife specialists in zoological gardens, as anatomists in public education, as medical research specialists, and as private consultants for CRM firms and government agencies (BA, MA, PhD).
AAA links on fieldschools/internships:
AAA Student Link for Careers in Anthropology
Careers in Physical Anthropology
AAPA graduate school links:
SAA (Society for American Archaeology) Student jobs/Fieldschools
SHA (Society for Historical Archaeology) Student Jobs/Fieldschools
Archaeological Jobs (Summer and Other):
Last Updated: May 03, 2017