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What can I do with an Anthropology degree

“What can you do with an anth degree?”…everything.

I am constantly seeing posts in the the anth tag about how anth students will never have a career other than being a prof… .um no.

If you are in your final years of your degree and you still don’t know what you can do with an anth degree then you are not communicating with your profs/chair of dept enough. Or maybe you haven’t thought about it? 

Here is an extensive list of what you can do with your anth degree…

In Education
• teaching
• curriculum design and planning
• multiculturalism heritage curricular materials
• museum exhibitions & educational programs

In Health Care
• disease control
• delivery of health knowledge
• rapid assessment of disease outbreaks
• disaster planning and intervention
• cross-cultural health research
• cultural sensitivity training and research in health care

In Development
• globalization issues
• environments issues
• NGOs, UN agencies

In Government
• foreign affairs (e.g. Foreign Service Officer)
• justice (e.g. expert witness)
• immigration
• First Nations affairs
• multiculturalism heritage policies
• social services
• CIDA and other foreign aid

In Business
• technical writing
• journalism (e.g. reporting, writing, editing)
• advertising (e.g. copywriting)
• publishing (e.g. copyediting)
• market research (e.g. international markets)
• human relations
• intercultural communications expert

In Academia
• anthropology
• cultural geography
• cultural studies
• health sciences
• social work 

Careers in Archaeology

In Museums
• administration
• exhibition curation
• collection management
• artifact conservation
• archive management

In Governmet • cultural resource management • historic resource planning • multiculturalism & heritage issues • First Nation Affairs • environmental impact assessment • Parks Canada • federal land management • cultural resource management   In Business • cultural resource management • consulting • public/salvage archaeology     - for engineering firms     - for environmental resource assessment firms     - for cultural resource assessment firms • journalism (e.g. reporting, writing, editing) • technical writing

In Academia
• anthropology
• classical archaeology
• historical archaeology
• human geography

Careers in Biological or Physical Anthropology

In culture history museums
• outreach & educational programs
• exhibition curation
• collections management

In zoological gardens
• primate care and management
• primate conservation

In the public sector
• First Nation affairs
• policy making in the area of environmental
impact (re: primates)
• forensics – medico-legal investigations
- human rights investigations
• cultural resources management

In industry
• applied anthropometry
• human engineering
• biomechanics
• ergonomics
• scientific writing

In health related fields
• epidemiology
• human adaptation
• history of disease
• nutrition
• genetics counseling

In academia (research & teaching)
• anthropology (biological anthropology)
• Bioarchaeology
• evolutionary anthropology/human paleontology
• forensic anthropology
• kinesiology – biomechanics
• gross anatomy

Careers in Linguistics

In Education
• teaching, languages, tesol, literacy
• curriculum design and planning
• language and literacy policies
• museum exhibitions & educational programs

In Health Sciences
• speech pathology
• audiology
• speech analysis / forensic linguistics

In Computational Linguistics
• speech recognition programming
• multilingual programming & translation
• corpus linguistics (e.g. concordancing programs)
• computer-assisted linguistic analysis

In Government
• foreign affairs
• justice (e.g. courtroom interpreting)
• immigration
• First Nations affairs

In Publishing
• translation
• technical writing
• lexicography

In Business
• technical writing
• toy industry
• literacy in the workplace
• advertising
• telephone companies (Bell Canada)

In Academia
• anthropology (anthropological linguistics)
• computer science (computational linguistics)
• language departments
    - French, German, etc. linguistics
    - English (Old English, Middle English)
• psychology (psycholinguistics)
• writing

-Lakehead University

From the aaanet site…

Contract Archaeologist
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Anthropologist
Educational Planner
Forensic Specialist
Government Analyst
High School Teacher
Medical Researcher
Museum Curator
Park Ranger
Peace Corps Staffer
Social Worker
Technical Writer
University Administrator

Do you have an anth degree? What are you doing for your career??

It’s the time of year when a lot of people are heading into the field, and I thought this might be of some use to anyone needing a little refresher on proper soil identification. Knowing how to describe soils is important– regardless if you’re digging test pits or excavating units– and this chart from the Colorado State University Extension Office makes it pretty easy. Their website also goes into more detail for anyone who wants it.
2014 Field School Excavation | The American Institute for Roman Culture

The American Institute for Roman Culture’s Summer Archaeological Field School is an intensive, accredited six-week educational program in Roman archaeology led by AIRC faculty and affiliated expert archaeologists. The program offers students a unique combination of (1) one week of specialized academic instruction on the topography and development of Rome, including visits to major museums and open-air sites to augment field studies and provide participants with a broader context of what life was like in the ancient city, and (2) five weeks of hands-on fieldwork at an important archaeological site in the city and environs. In 2014 the program will be held from June 9 through July 20 and will take place at Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome.

List of Field Schools (and some internships)

Will update as we go, so if you know some programs, please submit the info:

***American Anthropological Association

American Association of Zoos and AquariumsIt’s generally better to check out the zoo’s website

European Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Central Washington University: Archaeology, Primates, CRM, & Forensics.

***Primate Info Net

***ShovelBums: Wonderful arch resource

UCDavis: Archaeology

University of Florida: Forensics, Archaeology, CRM

University of Massachusetts:  Forensic, Archaeology, CRM, Primates

Utica College: Forensics

*** are all highly recommended


Our newest high school field school at the Medieval Castle of Zorita began auspiciously as the crew uncovered a skeleton on the second day. The team is excavating an area thought to have been a cemetery (located next to a Christian chapel), so today’s find appears to confirm that hypothesis. More excavation will tell, of course. Good hunting Katherine, Sydney, Juan, Henry, Madison, Samantha, and India!

What the well-dressed fieldworker is wearing this summer (i)

Planning a summer trip to a hot weather field site? Let’s punch up your wardrobe a bit prior to departure.

This is intended as the first in a short series of how-to posts for optimizing your clothing choices for the heat and humidity. The individual posts will be organized around a particular type of garment or gear, such as outwear and footwear. This post will discuss undergarments and headwear and neckwear. Prior to that, a few caveats about the series of posts as a whole:

  • The information is intended as introductory, not as comprehensive.
  • Brand names will be mentioned. I don’t know how I would provide any useful advice without doing so.
  • Trademarked technologies will be mentioned early and often, so much so that I have not bothered with the ™ or ® or related symbols. Trademarks are trademarks of the respective companies.
  • I will be focusing on how to optimize your clothing in terms of technology. This may or may not square with optimizing your clothing in terms of impression management.
  • Performance wear doesn’t have to cost a mint, but it doesn’t come at a bargain price. “Buy once, cry once,” as they say.
  • This is an anthropology blog, so archaeologists and primatologists are obviously within the scope of the intended audience here. Environment rather than discipline is the determiner. The information is equally applicable to linguists, geographers, geologists, ecologists, and anyone else planning fieldwork in swampy or arid conditions.

And now, on to the service part of the service writing.

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Hello, all!  I’m currently a History/Classics major at the University of Delaware. My aspiration is to become an archaeologist, and most people participate in a field school before they go on to doing archaeology at the graduate level. Since my university doesn’t offer any field school programs,…

Hey, everyone, I’m trying to raise some money to get to a Field School in Belgium next year. Since I’m an independent student and have to pay everything on my own, the cost of this trip is basically what I make in six months. Please donate if you can, every little bit helps! If you can’t donate, I’ll really appreciate a signal boost! 

Why do a field school?

If you are getting a degree in Anthropology (socal, arch, bio anth, lingustics) then a field school is a must. 

Here is the link of the American Anthropological Association website for an article on why field school are a crucial learning tool for Anthropology students. 

Here are some parts of the article (it’s a bit lengthy, but has great information)

Cramming fieldwork experience under one’s belt is almost a must for future anthropologists. More and more anthropology programs are creating field schools and summer programs for students. Graduate students tend to anticipate conducting field research or the equivalent during the second half of their academic program. For undergraduate students, however, finding an outlet for gaining practical experience can be somewhat limited, both geographically and financially. Besides traveling with a study abroad program and spending a semester holed up in a dark pub in the middle of Europe, what are some alternatives for students to satisfy their anthropology craving?

It is beneficial to explore one or more areas of anthropology to broaden your knowledge of the whole discipline, as well as to gain insights into your own interests. From introducing freshman international students around campus to hiking through rain forests, students do have choices and opportunities. Study abroad offices, international organizations on campus, and teaching ESL (English as a second language) are all some possible outlets in which to practice anthropological concepts. Check with the Office of the State Archaeologist; perhaps they are in need of volunteers to assist with local projects. To satisfy your biological interests, contact your local zoo and ask to volunteer or check with the genetics/biology department on campus for any information on overseas or domestic programs.

Don’t forget to also look for opportunities within your university, such as a campus-wide student research colloquium, giving a guest talk to a non-anthropology class studying a related area, or talking to your anthropology club. If you received funding from a community organization, show your appreciation by giving a lecture about what you gained while conducting your project. By presenting your experiences and research, you will develop communication skills and understand how to better conduct fieldwork in the future.

Kate Patch
AAA Academic Relations
Stacey Hockett Sherlock
U of Maryland

College of DuPage Field School Opportunity [link]

The archaeology faculty and staff of College of DuPage and Masaryk University (Brno) invite you to join our joint excavations at this exceptional site in the southeastern corner of the Czech Republic. Located near Breclav, just one km north of the Austrian border, 65 km southeast of Brno, and approximately 80 km northwest of Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Pohansko straddles major communication and transportation routes into Moravia and hence access through central Europe and into the Baltic. This route, known in earlier times as the Amber Road, served as a main avenue of communication and trade from the classical world to Germanic and Slavic peoples of the north.

This year teams of Czech and American students will continue a combined sequence of excavations adjacent to the main portion of the site in order to further assess the range of activities and social statuses present in this important center. A variety of methods will be taught, including excavation procedures, mapping using laser levels and total stations (laser theodolites supported by onboard computers), flotation, feature excavation, field photography, and materials recording. A possibility exists that a series of well-preserved, extended burials may also be encountered associated with domestic structures. These will excavated and subjected to preliminary forensic analysis at the research station pending remaining excavation time and the condition of the remains. It is important to note, though, that no one can predict exactly what will be encountered so some variation in precisely what occurs is likely.
FIELD SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY - Excavate a Roman Villa at Cortona, Italy

Within the context of  research on the Romanization of Etruria, we are  continuing the excavation of a large Roman complex of the 1st century B.C. through the 5th century A.D. From the early 1st c. B.C. onwards, the villa was terraced with an elongated plan. Several CAESARUM brickstamps indicate that the complex was part of an estate owned by the Roman Imperial family. In later centuries structural and functional changes in the complex document the architectural and social transformations that occurred during the later empire in rural Italy.  The site and its artefacts are the core of the Roman section in the Cortona Museum.

Classics 475/476 (undergrad) or 601/602 (graduate level). The field school is limited to 15 students.

The course is taught in 6 modules, including lectures, museum and site visits, excavation, laboratory, interpretation of finds. The course emphasizes archaeological interpretation within in the cultural and historical context of Roman Italy.

Application deadline is March 1, 2013. You will be notified in early March regarding acceptance into the course.

More information at the link.

I attended this field school myself last summer. It was a great experience and also very affordable!
Archaeology & Anthropology Field-schools  is a site that lists recent, upcoming and available field-schools all over the globe. Most of the field-schools are for those interested in Archaeology, but there is a list of field-schools listed by areas.

Anthropology (6/- )

Bioanthropology (1/- )

Data Visualization (3D, Animation, etc) (1/- )

Ethnographic (-/- )

Forensic (-/- )

Geoarchaeology (-/- )

Geophysics (1/- )

GIS (1/- )

Historic Archaeology (-/- )

Nautical (1/- )

Prehistoric & Historic Archaeology (-/- )

Prehistoric Archaeology (2/- )

Rock art (-/- )

Volunteer (-/- )

Zooarchaeology (-/- )


ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD-SCHOOLS- many of the deadlines for these have already passed but they give you a good idea of what a field-school looks, entails, duration, cost, etc. 

BIOANTHROPOLOGY- Locations and types of field-schools are varied. This site is great to explore that is out there and to see what might interest you in your studies. 

ANTHROPOLOGY- The information provided for each field school can also help to inspire essay/thesis ideas.