Career Resources and Fields for Anthropology Majors

 

Wondering where your major in anthropology might take you?

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 the wide range of jobs for anthropology majors:

UMW Center for Career and Professional Development

American Anthropological Association

What Can I Do With This Major?

This is Anthropology

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Myplan.com

 

Below are some possible jobs you can use your anthropology degree in!

Museums

Archaeology companies

Historic preservation offices

Libraries

Archives

Art galleries

Zoos

Parks and historic sites

Community centers

International development agencies

Ethnic and cultural organizations

Antique and collectibles shops

Environmental organizations

Social service agencies

Refugee/immigrant services

Federal/state/local/tribal government

Colleges

Teaching

Law

Police work and forensics

Travel

Documentary film making

Photography

Environmental impact

Social impact assessment

Diversity training

Translating and interpreting

Bilingual education

Cultural brokerage

International business

Management

Marketing

Personnel (Human Resources)

Public relations

Public administration

Medical and health-related jobs

Genetics counseling

Fund-raising

Consulting

International diplomacy

Mission organizations

Women’s organizations

Publishing

Media

Scientific and creative writing

and so much more…