Career Opportunities for Majors in Anthropology


Anthropology is the study of human origins and of cultures of all regions of the world, past and present. An undergraduate major in anthropology is an excellent general education and may lead to a variety of career paths when combined with other interests such as biology, communications, ecology, education, gender studies, history, language, linguistics, literature, politics, psychology, public health, sociology or others.

Anthropology ranges from the study of our evolutionary origins in the past to gender studies in the present. Among the specialties within anthropology are primatology, sex roles and family structure, child rearing practices, culture and aging, Native American people, human ecology, kinship and marriage, old world prehistory, and archaeological method and theory. There are three concentrations to choose from: anthropology, cultural anthropology and evolutionary anthropology.

While many anthropology graduates work in related occupations and obtain advanced degrees, others choose different directions. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choice, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activitie

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Global Recuiting Consultant Peace Corps Worker
Applications Analyst Government Agency Admin Probation/Parole Officer
Archeologist Government Reserach Analyst Production Coordinator
Business Manager Historical Society Director Psychologist
Child Welfare Worker Human Resource Administrator Public Administrator
Communications Specialist International Relations Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Community Affairs Specialist Labor Relations Specialist Radio/TV Newscaster
Community Agency Director Librarian Rehabilitation Counselor
Consumer Marketing and Communications Lobbyist Research Assistat
Cooperative Extension Agent Market Research Specialist Researcher
Cultural Affairs Specialist Mental Health Worker School Psychologist
Diversity and Community Relations Manager Multicultural Educator Social Worker
Editor/Writer Museum Curator Teacher/Professor
Education Coordinator Nonprofit Administrator Travel Consultant
Fundraiser Organizational Change Management Consultant Writer/Author

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Book/publishing companies Law firms Red Cross Int'l.
Civic Organizations Libraries Religious organizations
Community service agencies Management consulting firms Research institutes
Consumer Relations Market research firms Retail Stores
Correctional institutions Mental health institutions Social Service Agencies
Cultural Organizations Museums/historical societies Technology firmsĀ 
Educational Institutions Newspapers/Magazines Television/Radio Stations
Health Service Providers Personnel agencies Travel Agencies
Historic Sites/Historical Societies Preschool/daycare centers United Nations
Hospitals Public Interest Groups Wholesale/Retail operations
Human rights organizations Public Relations Firms
Int'l Banks Publishing companies
Government Agencies
AID (Assistance for Int'. Development) Division of Youth & Family Services Labor Department
Agency for Int'l. Development Federal & State Education Agencies National Park Service
Bureau of Int'l. Labor Affairs Federal Communications Commission National Science Foundation
CIA/FBI Foreign Service Office of Int'l. Affairs
Civil Rights Commission Health & Human Services Smithsonian Institution
Consumer Affairs Office Immigration & Naturalization Service State & Federal Legislatures
County Probation Office Judicial system

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Anthropology

Organization Job Title
US Senator Bill Bradley Aide
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Assistant to the Executive
Lauber Imports Customer Service Representative
American Journal of Primatology Editorial Assistant
American Express Company Financial Advisor
Inteplast Group, Ltd. Marketing Coordinator
Middlesex County Rehabilitation Counselor
Juvenile Justice Center S.C.O.H. Social Worker
Beijing University Teacher
Rutgers University Unit Administrator
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Anthropology

HCI (MA Anthropology) Archaeologist
Lewis Berger & Associates (adv. degree) Archaeologist
Career Educator, Seton Hall University (M.Ed.) Assistant Director
Monmouth Univ. (PhD Anthro) Assistant Professor of Psych.
self-employed (PhD Anthropology) Consulting Anthropologist
NJ State Museum (PhD Anthropology) Curator
Manchester Memorial Hospital (M.A. Behavioral Sciences Director, Community Health Service
Travel One (MA Hospitality Services) Director, Hotel Programs
American Journal of Primatology (MA Anthropology) Editorial Assistant
Philip Morris Financial Controls Analyst
Hoechst Celanese Corporation (Phd Anthropology) Human Resources Supervisor
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Florida State University PhD Behavioral Neuroscience
Seton Hall University MA Corporate & Public Communication
University of California, Berkeley PhD Anthropology

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