Careers after Anthropology

(Header image: Bikes at a Metro Station in Copenhagen, Denmark; photo courtesy of PhD student Neda Maki)

Anthropology examines the complexity and diversity of human experience, past and present, through evolutionary, archaeological, social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. As such, Anthropology is a truly interdisciplinary venture that spans the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This broad mandate has led to the division of the discipline into three broad areas of research: Archaeology; Evolutionary Anthropology; and the study of Society, Culture and Language.

A training in anthropology prepares students to think clearly and critically; to engage with a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and world views; and to reach ethically sound decisions. Programs available within the Department of Anthropology provide excellent preparation for careers in business, or public service and the non-profit sector, especially in areas where international and human diversity issues are important. Courses in anthropology provide a unique grounding and can be fruitfully combined with courses in a wide variety of other disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


Careers after Anthropology Series

Careers after Anthropology is a new initiative in our department. In this series we will be speaking to former anthropology majors and specialists, and asking them about their current jobs, and how they got to where they are now.

Feb 2022 - UX Research - Navreet Nahal and Gillian MacDonald 

Mar 2022 - International Development  - Rasha Darghawth 


Careers in Anthropology

Career opportunities for people with anthropology degrees are wide-ranging. For an engaging look at many types of work that anthropologists are engaged in throughout the world, please check out the “This is Anthropology" slide show prepared by students at the University of South Florida.

The American Anthropological Association also has some valuable tips and resources relating to careers in anthropology.

The Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) lists the latest Anthropology related job postings.

Check out the Society for Applied Anthropology for information about careers outside of academia.

At the University of Toronto, the Career Exploration and Education Office is dedicated to helping students and recent alumni (up to 2 years) map out the career path best suited for them and putting them in touch with work opportunities. A personalized, student-centred web site provides 24-hour access to thousands of part-time, summer, full-time employment and volunteer listings. The Centre’s Career Resource Library contains valuable information on career development, further education and employment. The Career Centre is located in the Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street.


Career Advice and Job Postings

The following links can be very helpful in researching information about jobs, careers and advice:

Where To Get More Information:

  1. American Anthropological Association. This site provides some very useful information on the skills you develop with a degree in Anthropology as well as some career paths that have been followed by Anthropology majors.  It also states jobs currently being occupied by anthropologists and some generally interesting notes.
  2. Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. Students interested in Primatology will be spending a lot of time at this site. Full of information you’ll find job titles, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, educational programs, various careers associated with Primatology and links to primate societies just to name a few.  This is certainly one of the best pages out there.
  3. Portland Career Center. A page with a list of books that might be of interest to Anthropology majors. It also links to many professional organizations and other sites dealing with careers in Anthropology.
  4. Non-academic careers in Physical Anthropology. This page includes careers in the private and public sector as well as related occupations. Useful skills are also mentioned.
  5. The Society of Applied Anthropology. This provides a list of position openings in Anthropology showing the diversity of employment available. Some insight on the US Environmental Anthropology Project is also offered.
  6. This slide show prepared by students at the University of Florida demonstrates different types of work that Anthropologists are engaged in.