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What Can You Do With A Major In Anthropology?


The Anthropology Program seeks to provide a greater understanding of humankind from a holistic perspective. To account for the complexity of humankind anthropologists focus on: 

1) Cultural adaptations and diversity in the past (archaeology); 

2) Socio-cultural institutions and symbolic constructs in a cross-cultural perspective (socio-cultural anthropology), 

3) The origin, nature, and uses of human language (linguistics); and 4) Human biological evolution and variation (physical anthropology).  Anthropology utilizes theories and methods from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities, to examine humankind.

Typical Entry Level Job Titles

Analyst   Caseworker
Community Development Specialist   Community Service Administrator
Curatorial Assistant   Ecotourism Director
Employment Recruiter   Field Archaeologist
Friend of the Court Caseworker   Immigration Inspector
Information Officer   Laboratory Assistant
Legislative Aide   Management Trainee
Marketing Reseacher   Multicultural Program Leader
Museum Technician   National/State Park Interpreter
Peace Corps Volunteer   Probation Officer
Program Coordinator   Public Relations Specialist
Research Associate   Social Worker
Teacher/Trainer   Translator
Travel Agent/Guide   Writer/Editor


Career Directions

Note: Many of these occupations might require certification or advanced degrees

Academic Advisor/Counselor   Advocate
Anthropologist   Archaeologist
Archivist   Art Conservator
Behavioral Science Advisor   Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist
Biographer   Career Counselor
Collections Manager   College Professor
Community Development Officer   Community Planner
Congressional Committee Staff Director   Contract Archaeologist
Coroner/Medical Examiner   Cultural Artifact Specialist
Cultural Resource Manager   Employee Relations Specialist
Ethnologist   Family Service Counselor
Foreign Affairs Officer   Forensic Anthropologist
Foundation Program Manager   Genealogist
Genetic Counselor   Head Start Program DIrector
Health Science Administrator   Human Resources Manager
Industrial Psychologist   Librarian
Linguist   Marketing Manager
Media Planner   Medical Anthropolgist
Museum Education Director   Paleontologist
Park Service Supervisor   Social Science Analyst
Technical Writer   Urban Planner


Typical Employers/Work Settings

Agencies   Archives
Colleges/Universities   Consulting Firms
Cultural Agencies   Department of the Interior
Government Agencies   Historic Preservation Offices
Historical Societies   International Businesses
Museums   National Park Services
Non-profit organizations   Publishing Agencies
Research Institutes   Research Laboratories
Visitor Center   Zoos
Nature Centers   Historical Homes
Art Galleries   Libraries

Beginning Salary Ranges Salaries
Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $36,163  (From the July 2010 NACE Salary Survey -National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Salary Resources

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Skills Needed For This Career

Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)   Engage in ethical practice
Knowledge of human development and behavior   Problem solving
Able to observe, analyze, and interpret information   Decision making
Concern for and sensitivity to others   Interviewing techniques
Critical and inferential thinking   Good listener
Insight to deal effectively with people   Understanding of group dynamics
Data Analysis   Analytical/critical thinking
Cultural understanding   Social perceptiveness
Research skills   Counseling skills

Links To Professional Associations

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

American Anthropological Association

American Board of Forensic Anthropology

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Archaeological Institute of America

Center for American Archeology

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

National Association of Student Anthropologists

Society for American Archaeology

Society for Applied Anthropology

Society for Historical Archaeology  

Job Search/Career Information

American Anthropological Association Career Site

American Association for State and Local History

Center for Strategic and International Studies Intern Program  

Peace Corps

Smithsonian Fellow & Intern Program

Student Conservation Association

USAJobs - Official Job Site for the Federal Government

World Wildlife Fund Careers & Internships

Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin

Archaeological Institute of America Career Center

Society for American Archaeology Job Site


National Association for the Practice of Anthropology  

Earthwatch Institute Jobs & Intern Program

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Career Board

State Bureau of Investigation Intern Program

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools 

Link To UNF Academic Program

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology  

Holland Interest Codes

Psychology- Investigative; Social; Artistic (ISA) 

Child Psychology- Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)  

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice