Career Development


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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 - American Anthropological Association (AAA) - National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - The Society for Applied Anthropology - American Association of Physical Anthropologists - Society for American Archeology - Society for Medical Anthropology - The American Alliance of Museums - American Ethnological Society
Anthropology Outreach Office  - Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. - Jobs in Public Service and Administration - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni Nonprofit site, internships and jobs - The Chronicle of Higher Education, information and jobs - NY City Department of Education main site - Jobs in Higher Education - Great list of variety of social service jobs Official Site of the U.S. Federal Government - Find opportunities with NY State
Anthropology Internship Program - American  Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian jobs, internships, volunteer and fellowships. 

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15

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