"Adding an anthropologist to a research team is like moving from black-and-white TV to color," says Crain. "We're able to observe shades of color that others can't see. Anthropologists understand complexity and can help devise answers that reflect that complexity." -read more in Anthropologists Go Native in the Corporate Village
"Anthropologists are nothing if not flexible in the job market, as the career pathways analysis showed." -excerpted from the 2009 MA Alumni Survey
In response to a survey by the American Anthropological Association's Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA)*, respondents provided the following responses to describe their post-graduate employment:
|Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
||Health (international/public health)
||Environment and Natural Resources
|Advocacy (human rights/social justice)
|Computers/Software Development/Information Technology
||Management Consulting/Organizational Development/Training
|Design (products and/or services)
||Social Impact Assessment
||Law/Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
*Please be advised the AAA is not responsible for either these websites or the information they provide but merely supplies the information as a service to the anthropological community.
Today's anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists can be found in a surprising array of fields and careers, not least of which being mother-of-the-President of the United States of America. Anthropologists can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions and non-profit associations. Anthropologists work in disaster areas, including Ground Zero in New York and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Check out the diversity of anthropologists in attendance at the 2012 Careers Expo at the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco and the 2013 Careers Expo at the Annual Meeting in Chicago. The 2013 Annual Meeting also featured a NAPA-reviewed roundtable session titled Anthropologists in the Job Market, where presenters "consider[ed] best practices for anthropology graduate programs to prepare Ph.D. students for successful careers on and off the tenure track." On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Riall Nolan presented a Professional Development Webinar for anthropologists outside of the
academy, with guidance on CV writing, job search tips,
interviewing advice, and more. View the slideshow for A Career in Practice: First Steps for Anthropologists or access the archived webinar on our Conferences page.
Whatever their field of choice, anthropologists can change the way we view and interact with our world. There are many areas of anthropological study...
This link from Elgin Community College offers a useful breakdown of the fields in which anthropologists are often employed, as well as the skill sets required for each career.
Check out some of the stories below and learn more about the life-altering work of anthropologists.
There are many great reasons why studying anthropology should be considered by undergraduate and master's students. First, the material is intellectually exciting. Additionally, anthropology prepares students for excellent jobs and opens doors to various career paths. To learn more about careers in anthropology, please continue reading about Career Paths and Education.
Additional Career Resources:
Versatile PhD - The Versatile PhD mission is to help humanities and social science (and STEM as of July 2013) graduate students identify and prepare for possible non-academic careers. We want them to be informed about academic employment realities, educated about non-academic career options, and supported towards a wide range of careers, so that in the end, they have choices.
icould: Inspiration for your career - Use our Career Wizard to find jobs that may suit you.
Professional Development webinar with Riall Nolan - The webinar topic is professional development and career building for
anthropologists outside of the academy. Program topics will include CV
writing, job search tips, interviewing and more.
- View the recorded session on WebEx or on the AAA YouTube channel
- Download the PowerPoint presentation
Academic & Professional Resource Documents - Centre for Comparative Literature University of Toronto
The Professor Is In - Getting Your Through Graduate School, The Job Market and Tenure…
Ask the Headhunter - Breaking Ranks & Rules: How academics can avoid 5 fatal mistakes in the job hunt
Survival Blog for Scientists - Professional scientists write about their scientific life. Contributors are scientists in various stages of their career: from junior to senior. The aim is to supply scientists with tips on how to survive in science.
Get a Life, PhD - Succeed in Academia and Have a Life Too