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What is Anthropology/Archaeology? Related Careers
Related Skills Internship & Job Search Links
Federal Links Private & International Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Anthropology Department

What is Anthropology/Archaeology?

As defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary anthropology is "the science of humans," typically "the study of humans in relation to distribution, origin, classification, and relationship of races, physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture." Archaeology also know as physical anthropology is "concerned with the comparative study of human evolution, variation, and classification especially through measurement and observation."

An anthropology degree through OSU enables you to pursue a broad range of jobs that emphasize cross-cultural awareness, international contacts and management of cultural resources; for example: education, human and governmental services, law, business, media, and medicine. Your studies could focus on archaeology/physical anthropology, cultural/linguistic anthropology, or general anthropology.

 Anthropology/Archaeology - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Entry Level

Additional Education/Experience Additional Edu./Exp. Continued
Analyst Academic Advisor/Counselor Health Science Administrator
Caseworker Advocate Human Resources Manager
Community Development Anthropologist Industrial Psychologist
Specialist Archaeologyist International Agency Rep
Connumity Service Administrator Archivist Librarian
Curatorial Assistant Art Conservator LInguist
Ecotourism Director Behavioral Science Advisor Management Consultant
Employment Recruiter Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist Marketing Manager
Field Archaeologist Biographer Media Planner
Friend of the Court Caseworker Career Counselor Media Specialist
Immigration Inspector Collections Manager Medical Anthropologist
Information Office College Professor Multicultural Education Specialist
Laboratory Assistant Community Development Officer Peace Corps Area Director
Legislative Aide Community Planner Physician
Management Trainee Congressional Committee Staff Director Public Health Educator
Marketing Researcher Contract Archaeologist Rural Development Officer
Multicultural Program Leader Coroner/Medical Examiner Scientific Linguist
Museum Technician Cultural Artifact Specialist Social Insurance Rep
National/State Park Interpreter Cultural Resource Manager Social Science Analyst
Peace Corps Volunteer Employee Relations Specialist Social Service Agency Planner
Probation Officer Environment Impact Assessment Researcher Social Worker
Program Coordinator/Assistant Ethnologist State/Federal Gov Policy Analyst
Public Relations Specialist Family Service Counselor

Teacher - ESL

Research Associate Foreign Affairs Officer Teacher - Secondary
Social Worker Forensic Anthropologist Technical Writer
Teacher/Trainer Foundation Program Manager Union Legal Counsel
Translator Geneaologist Urban Planner
Travel Agent/Guide/Consultant Genetic Counselor Vocational Teacher
Writer/Editor Head Start Program Director  

Related Skills

Planning project Conducting field studies 
Writing grant proposals Summarizing results
Interviewing Surveying

Communication across cultures/languages

Sampling, gathering and organizing data

Recognizing cultural differences/similarities Examining data and artifacts





Internship & Job Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

National Association for the Pactice of Anthropology

National Parks Service

Archaeological Institute of America - a great resource for finding archaeological fieldwork opportunities and scholarships.

Careers in Historical Archaeology

Society for American Archaeology

Federal Links


Bureau of Land Management

Centers for Disease Control

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Peace Corps

Oregon: National Association of State Archaeologists

Oregon Parks & Recreation Department: Archaeological Services

The Archaeological Concervancy

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Forest Service

Private & International Links

The Oregon Historical Society

Oregon Archaeological Society

The Asia Foundation

The Carter Center

Center for Strategic & International Studies

Center for World Indigenous Studies

Cultural Survival

The Development Group for Alternative Policies

EarthWatch Institute

Ford Foundation

Hudson Institute

International Center for Research on Women

International Fund for Agricultural Development

The Jane Goodall Institute

Organization of American States

Population Research Institute

Sierra Club

Sister Cities International

United Nations

The World Bank

World Wildlife Fund

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Life Sciences

FAQ's about Careers in Archaeology - a great resource for learning what to expect with a career in archaeology, with answers to FAQ's.

Anthropology Careers - The University of North Carolina's "What Can I do with a Major In..." page.

Archaeological Institute of America

What Can I do with a Major in Anthropology/Archaeology? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Professional Association Links

Register for Professional Archaeologists

Society for American Archaeology

Society for Historical Archaeology

American Anthropological Association

Society for Applied Anthropology

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Miscellaneous Links

Archaeology Magazine

Smithsonian Department of Anthropology

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