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Career Examples

Working as a professional anthropologist;
usually requires at least a graduate degree. An undergraduate degree in anthropology, however, provides a solid foundation from which to pursue a career. Graduates with a degree in anthropology have pursued graduate school for and/or secured positions as:

Anthropologist
Archaeologist
Archivist
Biological Anthropologist
Business executive
City planner
College librarian

Cultural affairs director
Forensic Scientist
Genealogist
Historical archeologist
International development consultant
Lawyer
Management trainee

Market researcher
Museum curator
News reporter
Paralegal
Public affairs director
Teacher
Technical writer

Career Resources

What Can I Do With A Major In Anthropology?

There are many reasons to study anthropology at JMU and to pursue anthropology as a career.

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) answers many of your questions about majoring in anthropology

You should also visit the This is Anthropology website, where you can learn more about the discipline of anthropology and how people are using their anthropology degree

Did you know that many well known actors, writers, politicians, artists, chefs, and musicians majored in anthropology?  Read more about these folks here.  There are so many ways you can use an anthropology degree!

And, here's why companies are desperate to hire anthropologists

Anthropologists are needed all over the world.  Read why anthropologists are needed during crises of human health, such as the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

JMU Career and Academic Planning is a great resource for students looking for career paths in Anthropology.

Career Paths

The anthropology major;
is a liberal arts program that stresses marketable skills such as:

• Basic research analytical skills
• Computer skills
• Critical thinking
• Global knowledge
• Rigorous writing

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