Careers for Anthropology Majors

What can you do with an Anthropology major? As the national American Anthropological Association points out, "careful record-keeping, attention to details, analytical reading, and clear thinking are taught by anthropological courses. Social ease in strange situations, critical thinking, and strong skills in oral and written expression are cultivated by anthropological training." Here is a list of the top 10 job skills employers say they seek in new hires, and the ways you can gain these skills through your Anthropology major.

But what, exactly, do anthropologists do?  The American Anthropological Association includes an overview and examples at http://www.americananthro.org/AdvanceYourCareer/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2148 and http://www.americananthro.org/AdvanceYourCareer/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1783 .  Graduate students at the University of South Florida also recently created an informative overview of their projects that demonstrates the wide range of possible topics and applications for anthropological study: http://anthropology.usf.edu/thisisanthropology/

The most up-to-date national information about career trajectories for various college majors, with a special focus on earnings potential, can be found  in a 2011 comprehensive study from Georgetown University, "What's It Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors," -> see https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/whats-it-worth-the-economic-value-of-college-majors/  [click on "humanities and liberal arts" to see "anthropology & archaeology" as a major]

Finally, on our campus, the University of Iowa Career Center includes a webpage devoted to Anthropology majors, with information about opportunities during and after an undergraduate degree - found here.

Still wondering how to make the most of an Anthropology major, and translate skills from an undergraduate degree into a rewarding career? To find out, the Department of Anthropology encourages all majors and prospective majors to attend the career workshops that we offer two or three times a year.

Career Workshops in the Department of Anthropology

These workshops have several objectives. First, they introduce students to higher-level opportunities of study and independent work—including field schools, study abroad, honors work, and internships—that both deepen skills and build resumes. Second, the workshops introduce students to career professionals with specific and interest and training for helping anthropology majors. Third, the workshops offer practical advice on how to apply for graduate schools and initiate job searches.

To find out more about the workshops including when the next one will be, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies