Anthropology Degree Outcomes

Anthropology is one of the leading programs in the U.S. The careers of School of Anthropology undergraduates take interesting and fruitful directions.

Skills and Careers for Anthropology Majors

Anthropologists possess certain skills and knowledge that distinguish them from many other social science disciplines and professional fields.

While Anthropologists specialize in different sub-disciplines such as cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and medical anthropology, and even further specialize around geographic regions and topics within sub-disciplines, they also share something in common: knowledge of human variation across time and space and appreciation of cultural, biological, and linguistic diversity.

The cross-cultural and holistic perspective cultivated within the discipline of Anthropology encourages sensitivity toward and respect for other viewpoints and attitudes. When applied in the real world, the anthropological perspective results in better products and programs as well as more productive working relationships. Students pursuing a B.A. or B.S. in Anthropology acquire skills and experiences required for conducting research, sharing ideas and engaging in critical thinking, communicating cross-culturally, and solving contemporary social problems.

The Advising Office in the School of Anthropology emails information about jobs and special events related to postgraduate employment. Faculty members provide guidance and write letters of recommendation.

The University of Arizona Office of Student Engagement and Career Development helps you explore your options. Advisors offer career counseling, provide information about jobs, and help with writing resumes and preparing for interviews.

The Office of Student Engagement and Career Development web site has information about career opportunities, internships, and jobs in organizations that hire anthropology majors. The Office of Student Engagement and Career Development site also provides links to other sites.

Occupations and Professional Tracks

  • Communications
  • Government
  • Public Service
  • Business
  • Tourism
  • Museums
  • Law
  • Education
  • Research
  • Human Resources
  • Planning & Development
  • Nonprofits
  • Health-related Professions
  • International Relations
  • Sustainability & Conservation

Selections of Professions

  • Anthropologist
  • Museum Conservator/Curator
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Ethnoscientist
  • International Aid Worker
  • Anthropology Instructor, Postsecondary
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Museum Education Director
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Volunteer Director (Non-Profits, NGOS)
  • Museum Director
  • Corporate Anthropologist
  • Anthropology Professor
  • State Department Analyst
  • Development Anthropologist

Many of our Anthropology undergraduates also go on to earn Master’s degrees and Ph.D.s and enjoy distinguished careers in Anthropology as faculty, researchers, or practicing field anthropologists. You can learn more about our Graduate Programs if you want to plan for future degrees in Anthropology.

A major in Anthropology provides an academic foundation for graduate studies in:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Public Health

Our Undergraduate Alumni

We love to highlight outstanding alumni whose work in various fields has been immeasurably influenced by their training in Anthropology at UArizona. Keep checking back, because the list is growing!