Career Opportunities in Anthropology
Students of anthropology acquire many skills relevant in today’s increasingly globalized economy in which the ability to communicate across cultures, think creatively, and see the world from diverse perspectives are vital to career success and life satisfaction. Anthropology majors are well prepared to work in public and private educational and cultural institutions, such as museums and preservation sites, as well as multinational corporations. All rely on persons with knowledge of human development and expression over time and place, have an appreciation for diverse forms of human experience and expression, and can understand and interact with diverse employees and customers.
Furthermore, students focusing on biological anthropology often follow professional paths in collection management, forensic science, or zoology. Anthropology majors graduate with excellent verbal and written communication skills transferable to a wide range or professions, making Anthropology majors especially valuable to growing businesses that seek to expand their operations into new areas requiring creativity, translating across cultures, and appreciation for human differences. Earning a B.S. in Anthropology is also considered an excellent foundation for advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry and other health-related fields.
We encourage students to double-major in Anthropology and one of the other majors degrees in the School of World Studies: Foreign Languages, International Studies or Religious Studies, as doing so strengthens their cumulative knowledge, experience, academic record and resume for success in whatever path they choose after graduation.
Bachelor Level Job Titles
- City and Regional Planning Aids
- Claims Examiner
- Collection Management Assistant
- Community Health Worker
- Customer Service Representative
- Legal Assistant
- Mapping Technician
- Marketing Research Analyst or Marketing Specialist
Graduate and Professional Level Job Titles
Professional Associations and Resources
- American Anthropological Association
- American Association of Physical Anthropologists
- Archaeology Field Work
- Non Profit Community Resource in RVA
- Shovel Bums
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