Careers in Anthropology
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Department of Sociology Anthropology

University of Minnesota Duluth

(218) 726-7613

jejones@d.umn.edu

Building a career in anthropology is an ongoing endeavor. You will need to identify skills you gained through courses, jobs, or internships, network to learn about new jobs, write clear resumes and cover letters, and understand what experiences and skills you will need to meet your long-term career objectives.   This page offers you a starting point.  Be sure to check the web for new sites and material. 

Stages in Building a Career

Learn what you can do with an Anthropology major (AAA Website)

Find out where anthropologists are working

Identify your current skills and what skills you will need in the future

Write a resume and a cover letter

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) (see the "Students" link)

UMD Career Services (see "Career Handbook" for resume writing, interviewing, etc.)

UMinnesota Twin Cities College of Liberal Arts (career advice, resumes, interviewing, and more)

Network and find interesting jobs

Subdiscipline Specific Information

Archaeology

Cultural Anthropology/Linguistics

Physical/Biological Anthropology

Archaeology

Examples of Job Titles:

Architectural Historian

Collections Management

Cultural Resource Management

Cultural Resource/Art/Antiquities Law

Faunal/Ceramic/Lithic/Floral/GIS Analyst

Ethnohistorian

Field/Lab Technician

Field/Lab Coordinator

Field/Lab Director

Historic Preservation

Museum Positions (e.g., Exhibit Design, Education Specialist, Curator)

Project Archaeologist

Skill Sets:

Guidelines and Useful Courses to take at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Archaeology Field Schools (must attend one: websites and guidelines for finding a good program)

Managing Archaeological Collections (National Park Service Guide)

Register of Professional Archaeologists (ROPA) (guidelines for field and lab certification)

Opportunities (Jobs, Internships):

Archaeology Fieldwork Shovel Bum (variety of paid and volunteer positions)

Cultural Resource Network (variety of educational levels, mostly jobs outside academia)

Society for American Archaeology (SAA) (some BA and MA level jobs)

Museum Jobs.com (variety of levels; worldwide; search by different types of positions)

Museum Employment Resource Center  (USA; short listing)

USA Jobs (clearinghouse for Federal Jobs, e.g., National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation)

H-Net (Humanties Net - largely MA and PhD level)

American Anthropological Association (AAA) (largely PhD level academic jobs)

Professional Societies and Organizations: (check these for jobs and other listings)

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

Cultural Resource Network (news, jobs, information on non-academic jobs)

Minnesota Historic Society (news, exhibits, volunteer opportunities)

National Park Service (Links to the Past: Cultural Resources - news, volunteer opportunities)

National Register of Historic Places (listings of historic places by state)

Register for Professional Archaeologists (ROPA)

Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA)

 

Cultural Anthropology/Linguistics

Examples of Job Titles:

Ethnographer

Workplace Ethnographer

Medical Anthropologist

Educator

Interviewer

Consultant

Evaluator

Coordinator

Linguist

Skill Sets:

Opportunities (Jobs, Internships):

American Anthropological Association (largely jobs that require an MA minimum)

AmeriCorps

Chronicle for Higher Education (mostly MA level; look in "Administrative" and "Outside Academe")

Humanities net (H-net) (Humanties Net - largely MA and PhD level)

Monster.com

Museum Jobs.com (variety of levels; worldwide; search by different types of positions)

Museum Employment Resource Center  (USA; short list)

Peace Corps

USA Jobs (clearinghouse for Federal Jobs)

Professional Societies and Organizations: (check these for jobs and other info)

American Anthropological Association (AAA) (see "Sections/Interest Groups" to find topics)

Context Research (ethnographic projects; anthropology in the news)

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)

Society for Applied Anthropology

 

Physical/Biological Anthropology

Examples of Job Titles:

Forensic Analyst

Primatologist

Medical Anthropologist

Medical Interviewer

Nutritionist/Food Analyst

Science Educator

Skill Sets:

Opportunities (Jobs, Internships):

AmeriCorps

American Anthropological Association (largely jobs that require an MA minimum)

Peace Corps

Professional Societies and Organizations: (check these for jobs and other listings)

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Society for Medical Anthropology

American Anthropological Association (AAA) (see "Sections/Interest Groups" to find topics)

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The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Last modified on January 14, 2006