Anywhere human diversity is encountered and questions about human groups are considered, the anthropology graduate will feel right at home. There are good reasons to major in anthropology as an undergraduate. One of these reasons include the value of understanding cultural variation. Cultural knowledge and the skills to know how to approach cultural differences are desirable and helpful in a wide range of careers and fields. Our students learn essential skills in communication such as descriptive writing, careful listening, social ease in different situations, and public speaking in addition to training in research such as data collection and management, participant observation, interviewing, and statistical analyses. The general liberal arts education provides students with skills in critical thinking, team-based learning, problem solving, decision-making, global awareness, and is innately collaborative and interdisciplinary.
Anthropologists are found in educational institutions, corporations, all levels of government, and non-profit associations. Colorado State University has a strong Career Center to assist our students with achieving their goals. Our Career Education Manager Kelsey Schultz helps our students with job search advice based on specific anthropology interests. In addition, our “Paths to Success” provide an excellent starting point for students interested in exploring potential careers. We have listed a variety of career options below for archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. As students start to explore their career goals, we suggest that they understand their interests, skills, values in relation to the type of job that they want.
Questions to Explore:
What about anthropology appeals to you?
What general sector do you want to work in (consulting, private sector, public sector, university, non-profit, international vs. national)?
Where do you want to live?
What interests and talents do you have outside of school?
What skills are you learning in your classes that can be applied to this career path?
The American Anthropological Association provides many great resources for prospective anthropologists researching career opportunities. Our students are holistically trained and many declare a concentration in archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology because of their specific career interests.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Anthropology and Archaeology provides information on the median pay, suggested education, and job outlook for anthropologists employed in research positions. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors a “CareerOneStop” search engine and is a great place to start a job search.
The graduate in archaeology has the skills and insights to build careers in governmental organizations, cultural resource management (CRM), historical preservation, law, public education, and museum curation.
The archaeology concentration offers a broad background that can prepare students for a number of occupations. Some careers do require additional coursework and a number of our students go on to pursue advanced degrees. CSU offers excellent post-graduate education in archaeology, including a Master of Art’s degree with a superior reputation among regionally CRM firms and federal/state agencies, along with an outstanding PhD program.
Private Sector Jobs
Private sector jobs can be found in consulting firms, environmental/engineering companies, and firms specializing in archaeological investigation.
Government jobs can be found in federal, state, and local government, urban and city planning offices, and historic preservation societies.
Jobs Requiring Addional Education
Jobs requiring addition education can be found in both the government and private sector.
The graduate in cultural anthropology has the skills and insights to deal with global business opportunities, to enter the Foreign Service, to contribute to the initiative of non-profit organizations. Cultural anthropologists seek to understand the significance of all these questions. To learn about how and why the world is full of such diverse groups of people, cultural anthropologists typically spend extensive time living among people in another society. We participate and observe, and we interview people in different social positions about their perspectives, practices, and social organization. The knowledge we gain helps us respect different values and lifeways. The people anthropologists interview and observe sometimes live here in this country, but their lives have been shaped by a variety of social histories that contribute to their patterns of belief and cultural identities today.
Cultural knowledge and the skills to know how to approach cultural differences are desirable and helpful in a wide range of careers and fields. Cultural anthropology majors have successfully landed jobs in the following areas: international business, international development, work with international and national non-governmental organizations (INGOs and NGOs), work in Foreign Service, Peace Corps, organizations that support refugees and immigrant populations, and those with employees from diverse backgrounds.
The cultural anthropology concentration offers a broad background that can prepare students for a number of occupations. Some careers do require additional coursework and a number of our students go on to pursue advanced degrees. CSU offers excellent post-graduate education in cultural anthropology, including a MA and PhD program.
Private Sector Jobs
Private sector jobs can be found in zoos, museums, non-profits specializing in conservation, hospitals, medical offices, and consulting firms.
Government & Public Sector Jobs
Government and public sector jobs can be found in federal, state, and local government.
Non-Profit Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, National & International—(NGOs & INGOs) Jobs
Non-profit agencies, non-governmental organizations, national and international—(NGOs and INGOs) jobs can be found all over the world.
Jobs Requiring Addional Education
Jobs requiring addition education can be found in both the public and private sectors.