We understand that students are concerned with how their degree will help them in the workforce. Below are resources and information about how a degree in anthropology will allow students to succeed after graduation.
The skills learned as an anthropology major can be applied to many different professions. Students gain insight into a variety of problems, from international development issues to the relationship between culture and disease.
Graduates in anthropology go in to fields such as health care, law, education, human resource management, marketing/advertising, market research, journalism, recreation, counseling, community development, museum and archival work, media/public relations, environmental services, government, forensics, and contract archaeology. Many students also continue on with graduate work in Anthropology, either a master's degree or a a PhD.
In addition to careers as anthropologist and archaeologists, our graduates go on to do a wide variety of careers. Below is a sample of what our anthropology alumni are doing
Although anthropology is a small occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics "employment of anthropologists and archeologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. Corporations will continue to use anthropological research to gain a better understanding of consumer demand within specific cultures or social groups. Anthropologists and archeologists will also be needed to analyze markets, allowing businesses to serve their clients better or to target new customers or demographic groups. Archeologists will be needed to monitor construction projects, ensuring that builders comply with federal regulations on the preservation and handling of archeological and historical artifacts." Consult the ISU Career Center for more information about career opportunities for anthropology majors.
A bachelor’s degree in anthropology can be the basis for a wide variety of careers. According to Business Insider, “major companies are increasingly hiring anthropologists.”
Anthropology is especially versatile and valuable because it involves all of the liberal arts: the social sciences, the biological sciences, and the humanities.
Anthropology provides students with a cross-cultural appreciation and understanding of human behavior and ideas unmatched by any other discipline. Some of the skills a degree in anthropology provides include:
Businesses are keenly interesting in graduates with these talents because they enable individuals to tackle a variety of jobs and tasks in what is becoming an increasingly diverse workplace and global economy
The American Anthropological Association provides many resources for students interested in studying anthropology.
Most individuals who hold the title anthropologist have a graduate degree, either an M.A. or a Ph.D. Many people with advanced degrees work in colleges and museums, but an increasing number are employed outside academia in government agencies, service organizations and private businesses. Students interested in an advanced degree should consult with the anthropology faculty no later than their junior undergraduate year.
There are many internships available in the field of anthropology. For more information, see the internships page.
The ISU Career Center is located on the lower level of the Student Services Building (across from the Bone Student Center). The Career Center offers career advisement and a wealth of information about potential careers for sociology majors.