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Anthropology Major

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Possible Job Titles

Health and Human Services

  • Social worker*
  • Public health educator
  • Advocate (e.g. children, ethnic group members, aging)*
  • Genetic counselor*
  • *Physician
  • Transplant registry database manager*
  • Job counselor

Research/Education

  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Field archeologist
  • Bilingual/bicultural program specialist
  • Museum education director
  • Academic advisor/counselor*
  • Teacher of English as a second language (ESL)
  • Computer simulation model designer*
  • Anthropology professor*
  • Contract archeologist*
  • Collections manager*
  • Foundation program manager
  • Marketing researcher
  • Media planner
  • Vocational teacher

Historical/Intercultural

  • Museum curator/researcher
  • Genealogist
  • U.N. research worker
  • International relief representative
  • Salvage archeologist
  • Collections assistant
  • Heritage conservationist
  • National Natural Landmarks officer
  • Historic preservationist
  • Research:
    ● Environmental researcher
    ● Medical anthropologist
    ● Interviewer
    ● Highway safety researcher
    ● Population planning assistant
    ● Anthropometrist
    ● Geneticist
    ● Zoologist
    ● Paleontologist

Government:

  • Urban planner
  • Archivist
  • Resource specialist
  • Classical anthropologist
  • Historical archeologist
  • Artifact conservator
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Diplomatic service
  • Consumer researcher
  • Immigration official/advisor
  • Urban renewalist

Government/Public Service

  • Friend of the Court caseworker
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs researcher*
  • National/state park interpreter
  • International agency representative
  • Cultural artifact specialist
  • Congressional committee staff director
  • Coroner/medical examiner*
  • Head Start program director
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Public Policy Analyst/Planner
  • State/federal government policy analyst

Business

  • Actuary*
  • Industrial psychologist*
  • Employment recruiter
  • Loan officer/bank employee
  • Union legal counsel*
  • Environmental impact assessment researcher
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Government Research Analyst
  • Travel agent/guide
  • Journalist
  • Human resources manager
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations representative
  • Public opinion pollster
  • Researcher
  • Sales campaign planner
  • Underwriter insurance
  • Travel agent or tour guide
  • Sales/marketing representative
  • International hotel manager
  • Bank manager
  • Consultant cross cultural relations

Communications:

  • Linguist
  • Technical writer
  • Newspaper columnist
  • Educational television researcher
  • Biographical writer
  • Scientific/technical writer
  • Reporter
  • International affairs correspondent

Human Services:

  • Urban social planner
  • Anthropological linguist
  • Rural development worker
  • Ethnic groups special concerns advocate
  • International development administrator
  • Inter-cultural educator, Peace Corps, VISTA, UNESCO, FAO
  • Academic Advisor
  • Fund raiser
  • Grant writer
  • Affirmative action officer
  • Public health worker
  • Foundation worker
  • Psychological anthropologist

*Denotes additional education required

Typical Places of Employment

  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums
  • Consulting firms
  • Public and private research organizations[Philadelphia Geriatric Center, Yerkes Primate Research Center]
  • Government Agencies (Census Bureau, AID)
  • Corporations [IBM]
  • Businesses (domestic as well as international trade)(RJR, Nabisco)
  • Non-profit agencies (Ford Foundation
  • Hospitals
  • University- affiliated medical centers
  • Research Design Labs
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Historical societies
  • Libraries
  • Tennessee Valley Authority

Required Skills and Abilities

Project Development

  • Planning long-term projects
  • Recruiting/coordinating research projects
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Evaluating
  • Maintaining records
  • Developing project designs

Interpersonal

  • Ability to work well with all people
  • Demonstrates an openness to differences in culture, beliefs and language
  • Insight into social issues
  • Interviewing
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Observing human interactions
  • Working in another culture
  • Surveying and sampling
  • Identifying value systems
  • Recognizing cultural differences/similarities

Research/Analysis

  • Gathering and organizing data
  • Careful record-keeping and analytical skills
  • Deriving knowledge from artifacts
  • Applying non-intrusive methods
  • Computer modeling
  • Reaching new conclusions through comparative study
  • Utilizing statistical applications
  • Examining data or artifacts
  • Conducting field studies

Communication

  • Summarizing results
  • Writing clearly
  • Presenting/defending a position
  • Communicating across cultures/languages
  • Understanding language development

Typical Work Activities And Behaviors

  • Think logically and methodically
  • Study role of language in various cultures
  • Keep accurate records
  • Collecting facts and data
  • Analysis of historical records
  • Analysis of data

Additional Information in Career Services

These publications must be used in the "Browsing" Library of Career Services. There are also many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you.

  • Great Jobs for Anthropology Majors

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

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