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.

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 activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Government Agency Admin Peace Corps Worker
Anthropology Government Reserach Analyst Probation/Parole Officer
Archeology Historical Society Director Psychiatrist
Business Manager Human Resource Administrator Psychologist
Career Counselor International Relations Specialist Public Administrator
Child Welfare Worker Labor Relations Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Communications Specialist Librarian Radio/TV Newscaster
Community Affairs Specialist Lobbyist Rehabilitation Counselor
Community Agency Director Market Research Specialist Researcher
Cooperative Extension Agent Marriage Counselor School Psychologist
Cultural Affairs Specialist Mental Health Worker Social Worker
Editor/Writer Multicultural Educator Teacher/Professor
Education Coordinator Museum Curator Travel Consultant
Fundraiser Nonprofit Administrator Writer/Author

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Civic Organizations Management consulting firms Red Cross Int'l.
Community service agencies Market research firms Religious organizations
Correctional institutions Mental health institutions Research institutes
Cultural Organizations Museums/historical societies Retail Stores
Educational Institutions Newspapers/Magazines Social Service Agencies
Health Service Providers Personnel agencies Television/Radio Stations
Historic Sites/Historical Societies Preschool/daycare centers Travel Agencies
Hospitals Public Interest Groups United Nations
Int'l Banks Public Relations Firms
Libraries 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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