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Particularly these days, students and parents are concerned with the practical utility of a bachelor’s degree. Is it “worth it” from a monetary perspective? Studies show that those who have earned a liberal arts bachelor’s degree are more hire-able and earn more than those without the degree.  

Achieving a bachelor’s degree demonstrates to employers the ability to persevere and accomplish goals. It also shows a level of intellectual capability and writing and analytic skills that employers value. In addition, a degree in Anthropology suggests an appreciation of cultural difference and an ability to work with and relate to people from various walks of life. In today’s world, employers value these abilities.  

Career paths for the Anthropology major graduate 

The following fields are just a few examples of the many possible career paths for someone with an Anthropology major. Click on the maps to get a better idea of how the skills and techniques acquired through a study of Anthropology major prepares you for careers in these professional fields. 


  • Field surveying
  • Cultural resource management
  • International development consulting
  • Museum curation
  • National Park Service
  • Research institutes and laboratories
  • State, local, and federal government
  • Libraries and special collections
  • Historical preservation societies

Archaeology Concentration Map

Cultural Anthropology

  • Public and social policy
  • Immigrant and refugee settlement
  • Human rights work
  • International adoptions
  • National and international business management
  • Foreign service
  • Human resources management
  • Social service and human rights agencies

Cultural Anthropology Map

Biological Anthropology

  • Museums and zoos
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Laboratory or field technician
  • Paleontology
  • Conservation biologist
  • Genetic counseling
  • Media, communications, newspapers, and magazines

Biological Anthropology Map

Career paths for graduates with advanced degrees

Students seeking work as professional anthropologists should plan for advanced degrees in anthropology. Anthropology major graduates of our program have gone on to graduate school in anthropology, medical school, and law school. Graduates with master’s or Ph.D. degrees may find work in the following areas: 

  • Colleges and universities
  • Research institutes and laboratories
  • Museums and zoos
  • State, local, and federal government
  • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations

      Why study Anthropology?

      What’s required to earn a degree? It's all summarized on our major maps below.