Careers in Anthropology

As anthropology is about people and their heritage, it can lead you to many diverse careers that are people- and culture-oriented. Most careers require a university education in anthropology at a B.A. or higher level. Careers in anthropology include:

Teaching and research

  • primary, secondary, college and university levels

Government departments or agencies

  • external affairs
  • customs and immigration
  • First Nations
  • health and welfare
  • resource management

Consulting and other institutions

  • non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Conservation, cultural heritage management and museums
  • Tourism
  • Community work (public health, family planning, social services, civil rights)
  • International work (economic and democratic development)

Criminology and forensic science


Business and private enterprise

Especially businesses that have international or global concerns.


Also, anthropology is a good basis for further education. The list is endless, but it may be an important facet of training for the following:

  • Postgraduate studies in the social sciences
  • Law
  • MBA programs
  • International relations
  • Social work
  • Medicine

Skills and Benefits

Skills you obtain by studying anthropology, especially field research and language training, are useful in the following:

  • market research and polling
  • public relations and the media
  • counseling
  • interpretation or translation
  • advocacy

Finally, anthropology is one of the more exciting career choices you can make! Benefits of working as an anthropologist include:

  • travel and exploration
  • making friends and having satisfying social encounters
  • interesting and profound life experiences
  • being the coolest person at any party or social gathering! 

Last Modified: March 16, 2015