Anthropologists investigate, seek to understand, solve problems and contribute to solutions. The skills you develop while studying anthropology will benefit you in any career that you might enter.
Examples of where anthropologists work:
- 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
- and many additional career pathways!
Examples of career areas and positions for anthropologists; there are many more!
- Archaeological Consultancy
- Business Management Consultant
- Community Services Manager
- Educator (multiple types & levels)
- Environmental Research & Investigation
- 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 & Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
- Scholarly & Popular Press Editor
- Social Worker
- Writer (Fiction, Non-fiction, Journalism)
Alumni career and further education paths
Articulate your skills
Below are just a few examples of skills that you can develop while studying anthropology:
- Cultural awareness and interpersonal: ability to obtain information about attitudes, customs, and beliefs; deep understanding of the human condition; and sensitivity to cultural differences and diversity. Work cooperatively with others; and understand group dynamics.
- Written and oral communication: Attention to detail; present and defend a position; summarize results; and present theories, ideas, and viewpoints in a comprehensive manner.
- Technical: Preserve objects by selecting chemical treatment, temperature, humidity; and draw maps and construct models to scale; and photograph sites, objects, people, occasions.
- Research and analysis: carry out data collection and evaluate research results, and catalogue information.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving: provide insight to social problems by supplying information as to how problems are dealt with in other cultures and adapt approaches used in public relations, marketing, or politics to different population groups.
Articles and podcasts of interest
Gary Crawford shares how he discovered his passion for archaeology (The Medium article)
Tracy Rogers discusses careers in Forensics and beyond (What She Said! podcast)
Victor Barac on Anthropology in the workplace: his work and travels in applying socio-cultural anthropology to the business world (Globe & Mail article)
Anthropology associations can be excellent sources for information on careers, professional development, events, and more. Many offer student memberships and information tailored for students. We encourage you to visit the links below to explore what they have to offer.
- Canadian Anthropology Society
- Canadian Archaeological Association
- Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology
- Ontario Archaeological Society
- American Anthropological Association
- American Association of Physical Anthropologists
- Society for American Archaeology
- Alumni Profiles of UTM Anthropology HBA and HBSc graduates
- Careers by Major for Anthropology (UTM Career Centre)
- Further education resources (UTM Career Centre)
- Tip sheets for career planning and further education (UTM Career Centre)
Questions about your future career or further education?
If you have questions about possible career paths or graduate school in Anthropology, consider Career Advising.