Careers

The broad-based degree programs offered by UTM Anthropology are ideal for positioning graduates in a rapidly changing world of work. 

  • The department recommends a broad base and flexible background as the best preparation for the wide range of possible career paths upon graduation.
  • Upper-year UTM Anthropology students can choose courses toward a broad four-field base or a focus on chosen specialties.
  • The skills and knowledge outcomes from our classes are applicable across many career areas.

Students may wish to pursue any of the following fields of interest for career paths or for graduate study:

  • Generalist Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Socio-cultural Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Health

View our Teaching and Research Specialties at UTM page for more information on these fields of interest at UTM.


Jobs

Anthropologists find jobs in:

  • national and international agencies, both governmental and non-governmental
  • fields related to human rights, public health, heritage and preservation, criminal justice, or science and technology policy
  • private companies in public outreach, advertising, tourism, engineering and construction, and data or lab analysis
  • universities and colleges as teachers, researchers, and staff
  • museums or research institutes
  • many additional pathways in a diverse career field!

Below are examples of career areas and positions for anthropologists; there are many more!

  • Archaeological Consultancy
  • Business Management Consultant
  • Community Services Manager
  • Educator (multiple types & levels)
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Environmental Research & Investigation
  • Epidemiology 
  • Filmmaker / Actor
  • Foreign Service or Refugee Service Officer
  • Government Policy & Management 
  • Government Representative
  • Heritage & Tourism Management
  • Human Resources
  • International Business Advisor
  • Lawyer, Court Officer
  • Marketing & Marketing Research
  • Museum / Art Gallery Curator and Director
  • Non-profit Agencies of all types 
  • Parks and Recreations 
  • Police, Criminal Justice, Forensics
  • Public Health Service & Policy
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Research Analyst (Government & NGO)
  • Scholarly & Popular Press Editor
  • Social Worker
  • Writer (Fiction, Non-fiction, Journalism)

Anthropology Associations

Professional associations can be excellent sources for information on careers, events, news, and more.

Canadian Associations

Canadian Anthropology Society: website features Job Bank with job postings (which can be used as a resource for career path research), as well as a Student Zone with opportunities such as scholarships, field schools, and conferences.

Canadian Archaeological Association: website includes student resource section.

Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology: newsletters feature graduate student profiles and career path profiles.

Ontario Archaeological Society: website includes information on starting an archaeology career in Ontario.

American Associations

American Anthropological Association: website features careers section for students.

American Association of Physical Anthropologists: website features career information for Biological and Physical Anthropology.

Society for American Archaeology: website features public resources for students, including FAQ page with information on archaeology as a job.


More resources

Associate Professor Tracy Rogers discusses careers in Forensics and beyond (What She Said! podcast)

Victor Barac, Sessional Lecturer, on Anthropology in the Workplace: his work and travels in applying socio-cultural anthropology to the business world (Globe & Mail article)


Alumni Profiles at UTM Career Centre

View the UTM Career Centre’s Alumni Profiles of UTM Anthropology graduates and the Careers by Major - Anthropology page for more information including:

  • careers for graduates
  • who employs Anthropology graduates
  • skills developed by Anthropology students
  • sample job listings for graduates
  • how to get experience and ways to get involved
  • resources
  • next steps in career planning