Anthropology - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Anthropology.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the similarities and differences between societies and cultures
  • Skills to study and understand societies and the ability to use this knowledge to successfully anticipate,
    prepare for and manage change
  • An understanding of ways in which societies and cultures adapt to changes in their environment
  • The ability to analyze and interpret the nature and cause of social and cultural problems and to apply this
    knowledge to current social and cultural issues
  • The application of scientific method to cultural and historical inquiry and interpretation
  • Skills to develop materials and presentations which communicate ideas in contexts which effectively address audiences from different backgrounds, cultures and societies
  • The ability to study the impact of development on cultures and make relevant recommendations
  • Awareness of and the ability to respond to the needs of individuals from different cultures

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Antique Dealer
Archaeological Fieldworker
Archaeological Technician
Art Conservator/Technician
Community Development Officer
Community Program
Community Services Analyst
Community Worker
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Cultural Interpreter/Consultant
Cultural Resource Manager
Documentary Writer/Producer
Employment Equity Officer
Environmental Researcher
Event Planner
Foreign Service Officer
Genealogical Researcher
Heritage Co-ordinator
Human Resources
Immigration Officer
Impact Assessment Officer
Insurance Agent
International Buyer/
International Development
International Marketing
Librarian/Library Technician
Market Research Analyst
Media Consultant
Multiculturalism Officer
Museum Administrator
Non-Profit Manager
Park Guide/Historical Interpreter
Project Developer
Public Administration
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations
Research Assistant
Rural Development Officer
Social Researcher
Student/Academic Advisor
Tourism Consultant
Urban Planner Educational
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Youth Worker

Potential Employers

Antique Collectible Shops
Cultural Resource Organizations
Ethnic/Cultural Organizations
Foreign Service Organizations
Historical Societies
Import/Export Businesses
International Businesses
International Development
Investigative Agencies
Market Research Firms
Media Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Parks/Historical Sites
Physical Anthropology
Regional Planning Offices
Research Firms
Social Service Agencies
Urban Development


Canadian Anthropology Society -
Society For Applied Anthropology -
Context-Based Research Group, Anthrojob -
Heritage Canada The National Trust -
American Anthropological Association -
Canadian Archaeological Association -
The Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology -
EarthWorks Jobs -
Appraisal Institute of Canada -
Association of Canadian Archivists -

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource can be found at the Career Resource Centre.

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