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New Mexico State University

What Can I Do With a Major In Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of the origin and development of humanity.


Areas of Focus

Cultural and Social – deal with the description and analysis of people’s lives, traditions (ex. social relations, religion, politics), and rituals

Linguistics – the relationship between the evolution of language and the evolution of Homo sapiens. The historical development of known languages, the writing of alphabets for unwritten languages, and how language influences and is influenced by other aspects of human life

Biological – study the evolutionary roots of biology and behavior, paleoanthropology (the study of fossil human ancestors), primatology (the study of non-human primates), and human biology (the study of human physical variation

Archaeology – the study of the human past through its material remains. Archaeologists are interested in the where, when, how and why particular developments happened and how these developments differ from place to place


Career Titles

Social Worker
Public Health Educator Advocate (e.g. children, ethnic group members, aging)
Genetic Counselor
Field Archeologist
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist
Museum Education Director
Academic Advisor/Counselor
Teacher of English as a Second Language
Anthropology Professor
Contract Archeologist
Collections Manager
Foundation Program Manager
Marketing Researcher
Media Planner
Vocational Teacher
Court Caseworker
Assistant Bureau of Indian Affairs
National/State Park Interpreter
International Agency Representative
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Congressional Committee Staff Director
Coroner/Medical Examiner
Head Start Program Director
State/Federal Government Policy Analyst
Industrial Psychologist
Employment Recruiter
Loan officer/Bank Employee
Union Legal Counsel
Peace Corps Volunteer
Human Resources Manager
Management Consultant
Marketing Manager
Linguistic Anthropologist
Technical Writer
Art Conservator
Research Associate
Probation Officer 
Peace Corps Volunteer
Behavioral Science Advisor
Management Consultant
Behavioral Science Advisor


Career Related Websites

American Anthropological Association


Answers to basic questions about a career as an archaeologist in the U.S.

Archeology and Anthropology Careers from Northern Kentucky University - info on cultural, physical, applied and linguistic anthropology as well as archeology

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Society for Applied Anthropology