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


Career Development Center - Log into 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