Careers and Outcomes

ANT Grad Careers and Outcomes

Beginning your career as a practicing anthropologist

Our applied anthropology program prepares you for careers in a variety of organizations, including universities, government agencies, private businesses, consulting firms, nonprofit groups and international organizations. Your coursework, internship and research project will provide you with the skills necessary for success in anthropological practice.

An advanced degree, such as the master’s, is generally required for work as a practicing anthropologist. Archaeology students will be prepared for work in cultural resource management and public archaeology, whereas ethnography students will qualify for work in social and cultural research and community development.

The most common role of the applied anthropologist is as a researcher, which could involve the following:

  • Archaeological site survey and testing
  • Archival research
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Excavation
  • Key informant interviewing
  • Participant observation
  • Program assessment
  • Social impact assessment
  • Survey questionnaires

Although this program focuses on developing practical workplace skills, you still have the option of continuing on to receive a PhD. The purpose of a PhD. is to train you in scholarly research and is typically required for teaching positions in colleges and universities.

Applying your knowledge in the workplace

The four traditional areas of anthropology — archaeology and cultural, biological and linguistic anthropology — are applied or put to practical use in many careers. Over the past 30 years, the field of anthropology has moved toward a more applied approach as career opportunities increase in consulting firms, research institutes, corporations, and federal, state and local government agencies.

The following are some of the common career fields in applied anthropology:

  • Business and industry – business and industrial anthropology
  • Criminal investigation – forensic anthropology
  • Development projects in developing nations – development anthropology
  • Education – educational anthropology
  • Environment – environmental anthropology
  • Health and medicine – medical anthropology
  • Historic and prehistoric preservation – cultural resource management
  • Human rights
  • Immigration
  • Military service