Career Development

Anthropology

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Anthropology, and  find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being an Anthropology major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Oral and Written Expression
  • Interviewing
  • Formulating & testing hypotheses
  • Conducting/explaining scientific research
  • Writing descriptive reports
  • Reading comprehension
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Analyzing
  • Observation
  • Attention to detail

CAREER TITLES 

  • Analyst
  • Applied Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art Director
  • Conservator
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Ecologist
  • Educator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Fund-raiser
  • Health Services Provider
  • Lawyer
  • Market Researcher
  • Museum Exhibit Designer
  • Park Guide/Ranger
  • Physical Anthropologist
  • Professor
  • Project Evaluator
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Tour Guide
  • Web Designer

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Government
  • International Businesses
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Banks
  • Private Industry
  • Health Care Agencies
  • Advertising/Market Development
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Educational Institutions

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.aaanet.org - American Anthropological Association (AAA) 
www.practicinganthropology.org - National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
www.sfaa.net - The Society for Applied Anthropology
physanth.org - American Association of Physical Anthropologists
www.saa.org - Society for American Archeology
www.medanthro.net - Society for Medical Anthropology
www.museumlink.com/states.htm - U.S. museums by state
www.aam-us.org - The American Association of Museums
Anthropology Outreach Office  - Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.
www.rileyguide.com/public.html - Jobs in Public Service and Administration
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.idealist.org- Nonprofit site, internships and jobs
www.chronicle.com - The Chronicle of Higher Education, information and jobs
www.nycenet.edu - NY City Department of Education main site
www.higheredjobs.com - Jobs in Higher Education
www.socialservice.com - Great list of variety of social service jobs
www.usajobs.com - Official Site of the U.S. Federal Government
www.ny.gov - Find opportunities with NY State
Anthropology Internship Program - American  Museum of Natural History
www.sihr.si.edu - Smithsonian jobs, internships, volunteer and fellowships. 

BOOKS AVAILBLE AT CDC

  • Great Jobs for Anthropology Majors
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors
  • Jobs and Careers Abroad
  • American Jobs Abroad
  • Careers in Law
  • Careers in the Non-Profit Sector

 

Updated 11/13