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Career Options

The study of people can take you into almost any career path, anywhere in the world, including education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government, human relations, non-profit management, marketing, publishing and forensics. Here are some ideas to help you imagine what kinds of futures an anthropology degree from Miami University might open for you.

Business Careers

Anthropology has been a hot undergraduate degree for MBAs in Europe for decades and now it is gaining popularity in the U.S.

Pre-Professional Studies

With its emphasis on critical thinking and global relations between people, anthropology is an excellent co-major for pre-Med and major for pre-Law.

Graduate Studies

Many of our graduates choose to go on to graduate school in anthropology. Students with high GPAs, research experience, good writing skills, and individual mentoring by one or more faculty members are especially likely to be well-prepared for this path.

Career Opportunities

Historical/Intercultural

  • Museum curator/researcher
  • Geneologist
  • U.N. research worker
  • International relief representative
  • Salvage archeologist
  • Collections assistant
  • Heritage conservationist
  • Natural landmarks officer
  • Historic preservationist
  • Librarian
  • Natural resource ethnography

Research

  • Environmental researcher
  • Interviewer
  • Highway safety researcher
  • Population planning assistant
  • Ethnologist
  • Geneticist
  • Zoologist
  • Paleontologist
  • Occupational safety researcher
  • Foreign market researcher
  • Conservation

Business/Industry

  • Public relations representative
  • Public opinion pollster
  • Sales campaign planner
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Travel agent or tour guide
  • Sales/marketing representative
  • International hotel manager
  • Bank manager
  • Consultant cross cultural relations
  • Personnel worker

Communications

  • Linguist
  • Technical writer
  • Newspaper columnist
  • Educational television researcher
  • Biographical writer
  • Scientific/technical writer
  • Reporter
  • International affairs correspondent
  • Ethnographic photographer

Government

  • Urban planner
  • Archivist
  • Resource specialist
  • Classical anthropologist
  • Historical archeologist
  • Artifact conservator
  • Cultural affairs officer
  • Diplomatic service representative
  • Consumer researcher
  • Immigration official/adviser
  • Urban renewalist
  • Child care worker
  • Foreign service officer

Human Services

  • Urban social planner
  • Anthropological linguist
  • Rural development worker
  • Ethnic groups special concerns advocate
  • International development administrator
  • Inter-cultural educator, Peace Corps, VISTA, UNESCO, FAO
  • Academic adviser
  • Fund raiser
  • Medical anthropologist
  • Grant writer
  • Affirmative action officer
  • Mental health worker
  • Foundation worker
  • Psychological anthropologist
  • Health care worker
  • Public health worker

Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.

More information on careers for anthropology majors:

Advertising

Malefyt, Timothy DeWaal and Brian Moeran. 2003. Advertising Cultures. Berg.

Consulting

Littlefield, Carol and Emilia Gonzalez-Clements. 2008. “Creating Your Own Consulting Business.” NAPA BULLETIN 29, pp. 152–165.
Maynard-Tucker, Giselle. 2008. “Becoming an International Consultant” NAPA BULLETIN 29, pp. 181–194.

Government

Fiske, Shirley J. 2008. “Working for the Federal Government: Anthropology Careers” NAPA BULLETIN 29, pp. 110–130.

International Development

Ford, Liz. 2008 "So You Want to Work in International Development" The Guardian, Jan. 18.
Nolan, Riall W. 2008. “Using Anthropology Overseas” NAPA BULLETIN 29, pp. 166–180.

Marketing

Sunderland Patricia and Rita Denny. 2007. Doing Anthropology in Consumer Research. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Non-Profit Organizations

Archaeology Student and Media Technologist Jessica Goldfin On Finding The Ampersands In Your Career by Adam Bluestein. 05-30-2012 | What experiences as an archaeologist taught 27-year-old Jessica Goldfin about community-building games, newsroom convergence, and innovation in any occupation.

Nursing

Dougherty, Molly C. and Toni Tripp-Reimer . 1985. The Interface of Nursing and Anthropology. Annual Review of Anthropology 14: 219-241.

Research and Development

An article in the Harvard Business Journal explains why multinational corporations need "fewer engineers, more anthropologists."

Tourism

Smith, Valene. 2005. Anthropologists in the Tourism Workplace. Annals of Anthropological Practice 23(1): 252-269.