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What to do with a Degree in Anthropology

Particularly these days, students and parents are concerned with the practical utility of a bachelor’s degree. Is it “worth it” from a monetary perspective? Studies show that those who have earned a liberal arts bachelor’s degree are more hire-able and earn more than those without the degree. Achieving a bachelor’s degree demonstrates to employers the ability to persevere and accomplish goals. It also shows a level of intellectual capability and writing and analytic skills that employers value. In addition, a degree in Anthropology suggests an appreciation of cultural difference and an ability to work with and relate to people from various walks of life. In today’s world, employers value these abilities. Anthropology grads find employment in business, social service organizations, non-profits, museums, political organizations, and education. Biological Anthropology students may find work in laboratories and Archaeology students have found work at the Forest Service and doing contract archaeology. Cultural Anthropology students have had jobs in adoption agencies and in political action jobs. Graduates of our program have gone on to graduate school in anthropology, medical school, and law school. A degree in Anthropology offers flexibility and opens up many doors for the future.

Students seeking work as professional anthropologists should plan for advanced degrees in anthropology. Graduates with master’s or Ph.D. degrees may find work in government, community colleges, or museums. For university teaching and research careers, a Ph.D. degree is necessary.