What Can I Do With a Major in... Anthropology

A bachelor’s degree in Anthropology includes studying human beings and their origins. Students learn about similarities and differences between humans and other primates, as well as humans and other humans. An Anthropology student will study human beings physical nature, interpersonal relationships, and social/cultural behavior. In addition to these, students in Anthropology will study biological and physical anthropology, human paleontology and prehistoric archaeology, hominid evolution, sociocultural anthropology, and applications to areas such as medicine, museum studies, and international affairs. 

A majority of Anthropologists are employed in the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry. While working as consultants, Anthropologists often apply their knowledge to problems ranging from economic development issues to forensics.

General Career Information
Sample Job Titles

Entry Level

  • Archaeology Fieldworker
  • Anthropology Teacher
  • Museum Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Zoological Consultant

Education + Experience

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Preservationist

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These job titles are not an exhaustive list, but rather, represent the types of positions most widely recruited for. 

  • Advocate
  • Analyst
  • Anthropology Fieldworker
  • Anthropology Teacher
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archaeology Teacher
  • Archivist
  • Caseworker
  • Collections Manager
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Coroner/Medical Examiner
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Ecotourism Director
  • Ethnologist
  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Geneaologist
  • Immigration Inspector
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Linguist
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Technician
  • National/State Park Interpreter
  • Peace Corps
  • Preservationist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Resarch Assistant
  • Reseach Associate
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Social Scientist/Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher/Trainer
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent/Guide
  • Writer
  • Zoological Consultant
Employment Areas
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Educational Organizations
  • Business, Industry & Labor
  • Social Service Organizations
Job and Internship Listings
Professional Organizations
Organizations That Have Hired UI Students and Alumni
  • Office of the State Achaeologist
  • The Washington Center--Department of Defense
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • American Ethnologist

This is only a partial list - to view a complete list of organizations that recruit UI students and alumni, please visit: www.careers.uiowa.edu/students/uirecruit.html

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