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Careers for Anthropology Majors

What is an anthropology major?

Anthropology studies physical, cultural, and social variation among humans across time and space. It helps students understand the nature of those differences, why they exist and, most importantly, why they matter.

Anthropologists study the total lifeway of human cultures, including their economies, social organizations, and ways of thinking and believing. Significant global concerns come to the fore, including human migration, intercultural and international relations, economic development, heritage preservation, human rights, environmental and cultural sustainability−every one of intense concern in our modern world.

Visit DU's anthropology department.

Some professional careers

  • teacher/professor
  • environmental resources consultant
  • museum (curator, educator, etc.)
  • archaeological field technician
  • human resources specialist
  • consumer behavior researcher
  • public relations specialist
  • national park/heritage sites staff
  • science/travel writer

Professional skills of anthropology majors

  • experience with cultural similarities and differences.
  • ability to conduct ethnographic and archaeological field work.
  • ability to integrate concepts and research findings from multiple disciplines.
  • training in social scientific research methods and multiple laboratory methods.
  • qualitative and Quantitative research skills.
  • high-tech data collection and analysis skills.
  • writing and computer skills for reaching professional and popular audiences.
  • skills for representing culture in museum exhibits and other expressive media.

Is an anthropology major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in anthropology? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire anthropology majors and alumni who majored in anthropology. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.