Wondering where your major in anthropology might take you? The career counselor in this short video highlights the ways cultural anthropology can prepare you for a wide range of careers.
Our majors wind up in a lot of places, doing a lot of different jobs. See our page on UMW anthropology graduates’ careers for narratives about what alumni doing now and how they ended up there. If you would like to contact one of these alumni for further information, ask Dr James for contact information.
It should come as no surprise to an anthropology student that developing connections to potential employers is an important career strategy. Those connections can be developed through part-time employment and internships, as well as through contact with UMW alumni.
The UMW Sociology program career resources page has several links to databases listing government, non-profit, and other jobs.
Below are links to additional sites with helpful ideas about and listings for a wide range of jobs for anthropology majors:
UMW Center for Career and Professional Development
American Anthropological Association
National Association of Practicing Anthropologists
Guide to Nonprofit Jobs and Careers
What Can I Do With This Major?
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Below are some possible jobs you can use your anthropology degree in!
Historic preservation offices
Parks and historic sites
International development agencies
Ethnic and cultural organizations
Antique and collectibles shops
Social service agencies
Police work and forensics
Documentary film making
Social impact assessment
Translating and interpreting
Personnel (Human Resources)
Medical and health-related jobs
Scientific and creative writing
and so much more…