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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:


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; and
  • 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)

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

Why 'worthless' humanities degrees may set you up for life (BBC article)

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Anthropology Associations

Professional associations can be excellent sources for information on careers, events, news, and more. Many associations also offer student memberships.

Canadian Associations

American Associations

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More Resources

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If you have questions about possible career paths or graduate school in Anthropology, consider Career Advising.