Careers in Anthropology


Studying anthropology opens doors to various career paths by preparing students with the kinds of global information and thinking skills critical to succeeding in the 21st century in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service (source:  American Anthropological Association).

What Do Anthropologists Do?

Sociocultural Anthropology - Seeks to understand the internal logic of societies through ethnography
Archaeology - Retrieves artifacts from the past and places them in context to understand our history and its relevance for today
Physical Anthropology - Traces our biological origins, evolutionary development, and genetic diversity
Linguistic Anthropology - Seeks to explain the very nature of language and its use by humans
Medical Anthropology - Seeks to better understand factors that influence peoples' health and well being
Forensic Anthropology - Seeks to identify skeletal, or otherwise decomposed, human remains
Business Anthropology - Helps businesses gain a better understanding of their activities and customers
Visual Anthropology - Documents everyday life through filmmaking
Environmental Anthropology - Believes that the well-being of the environment goes hand in hand with the well-being of people
Museum Anthropology - Interprets ethnographic and archaeological collections to the general public

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Careers in Anthropology

Some of the Many Things You Can Do With An Anthropology Degree in Arkansas:

Cultural Anthropology:  Law, Business, State and Federal Government, Nonprofit Organizations, Museums, Environmental Protection/ Cultural Ecology, State and Federal Parks, Rural and International Development, Global Non-Governmental Organizations, Research/Academic.

Biological Anthropology (not all in Arkansas): Forensic Anthropology, Biology and Human Origins Education, Medical Anthropology, Primatology / Zoos / Nature Preserves, Genetics/Diseases, Research/Academic.

Archaeology: For Environmental Impact Studies, Museum Interpretive Studies and Collections Management, and Research/Academic see Arkansas Archaeological Survey.

Linguistics:  Symbolic Communication Studies, Language and Culture, Ethnobotany and Classification Studies, History of Languages, Research/Academic.

Applied Anthropology:  All non-academic fields listed above with practical as opposed to pure research applications are examples of applied anthropology.