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Anthropology Careers

Like most majors at a liberal arts college, the Anthropology major does not necessarily prepare a student for one particular job after graduation. However, the Anthropology major does prepare students for a variety of professions, ranging from business to government to law to education and beyond. Anthropologists are trained in a range of skills that employers look for, including:

• an awareness of the importance of diversity, and how cross-cultural understanding can promote better relations in a globalizing world;

• an ability to assess situations holistically, taking into consideration a broad range of possible factors that influence a particular set of circumstances;

• a comparative understanding of the different ways people around the world have found to cope with similar problems and situations;

• a sensitivity to difference, and an ability to withhold judgement on the unfamiliar;

• a willingness to listen, and the capacity to make sense out of things that at first glance appear strange or insignificant;

• specific skills such as keen observation; knowledge of interviewing, surveying, and census-taking; the ability to read complex material, and to write and edit effectively; and the ability to think critically about the world.

The addresses listed below are hyperlinks to sites with information about what it means to major in anthropology, and what kind of career opportunities are available to students who choose an anthropology major.

General information about majoring in Anthropology:

Thinking about an anthro major? *http://anthropology.wadsworth.com/toplinks/Career.html

Internships for anthro students *http://www.policycenter.com/policycenter/intern/collectn.htm

Job listings from the AAA *http://www.aaanet.org/position.htm
Should I go to grad school? *http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/grad-school.html

Internships for anthro students *http://www.policycenter.com/policycenter/intern/collectn.htm

Thinking about an anthro major? *http://anthropology.wadsworth.com/toplinks/Career.html

Information about careers for people majoring in Anthropology:
*http://www.nku.edu/~anthro/careers.html
*http://www.ntu.edu.au/studserv/Arch_Anthro.htm
*http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/anth/careers.html
*http://www.iupui.edu/it/anthropo/careers.htm
*http://www.aaanet.org/careers.htm
*http://www.oakland.edu/~dow/napavid.htm
*http://www.harcourtcollege.com/anthro/exchange/career.html
*http://www.ntu.edu.au/studserv/Arch_Anthro.htm

News articles describing the value of an Anthropology degree in the professional world:
*http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/2001/01/02/fp9s1-csm.shtml
*http://www.contextresearch.com/context/newsroom.cfm
*http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/Anthro/Anth101/usanthr.htm

Information on graduate study:
*http://www.oakland.edu/~dow/gradprog.htm
 

Books that you can buy to help with your career decision:
*http://www.mayfieldpub.com/catalog/anthro/04263.htm
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0658000225/qid%3D943038224/102-9098487-3111249

Miscellaneous information:
*Forensic anthropology info http://www.doitnow.com/~cerci/foranth.htm
The Peace Corps http://www.peacecorps.gov/