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Department of Anthropology

Careers in Anthropology

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is literally the study of mankind and while there are anthropologists who approach the study of humans from a cultural perspective (e.g., cultural anthropologists, anthropological linguists and archaeologists) others study humans as animals (e.g., physical or biological anthropologists). Because of the diversity in perspectives, most anthropology departments throughout the United States offer a four field approach to the discipline. We at CSU, Chico, are no different and address each of anthropology's subdisciplines: archaeology, cultural, linguistics and physical/biological anthropology.

Despite diverse approaches among anthropologists they are tied by their common interest to pursue answers to questions concerning human origin, evolution, and variation, which frequently requires an understanding of both biology and culture. Indeed, the discipline of anthropology takes pride in its all encompassing or "holistic" approach to the study of humans. Just as many other disciplines, anthropology emphasizes the life long value of a strong, broad liberal arts education.

What Anthropologists Do 

Anthropology is concerned with analyzing the origins, cultures, languages, and value systems of all people, past and present. Many are ethnographers--which study contemporary cultures while archaeologists excavate locations of past civilizations and are increasingly involved in environmental review processes.
Physical anthropologists attempt to explain human origins, evolution, and variation through the study of evolutionary theory, comparative anatomy, human paleontology, population genetics, and primate behavior. Some anthropologists specialize in museum work, linguistics, or folklore. Most teach in colleges and universities, in many cases combining teaching with research. However, increasing numbers of anthropologists are finding positions in business and public agencies.

What Can You Do with an Anthropology Degree?

The real question is: "What can't you do with an Anthropology degree?"

The career opportunities for those majoring in Anthropology are limited only by the imagination. This is particularly important to note since most of the jobs that today's graduates will hold have not been invented yet. Our majors have gone straight to work for federal agencies, especially the Forest Service. Our majors have started their own enterprises, and gone to work for local, regional, national, and international industry, non-governmental organizations and non-profits, as well as museums worldwide. Our majors have also gone on to prestigious graduate programs both domestically and abroad. A degree in Anthropology will guarantee an interesting life and for those who rise to the challenge, and it will certainly afford opportunities for travel, inquiry and a lucrative career that are available nowhere else.

Careers in Anthropology

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Advertising
  • Antique and Collectables Shops
  • Archaeology
  • Archivist
  • Art Galleries
  • Bilingual Education
  • Biographical Writer
  • Biological/Physical Scientist
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Conservative/ Curator
  • Computer Programming
  • Community Centers
  • Consulting
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Cultural Brokerage
  • Cultural Ecology
  • Diversity Training
  • Documentary Film Production
  • Embalmer
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Ethnic and Cultural Organizations
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Fundraising
  • Funeral Director
  • Federal & Local Government
  • Genealogist
  • Genetics Counseling
  • Historian
  • Immigration Office
  • Import/Export
  • International Business
  • International Development Agencies
  • International Diplomacy
  • Labor Relations
  • Law
  • Linguistic Anthropologist
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Medical and Health/related jobs
  • Media
  • Military/Human Terrain Projects
  • Mission Organizations
  • Museum Curator/Director
  • National & Local Parks Technician
  • Paleontologist
  • Personnel (Human Resources)
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Police Work
  • Professor
  • Post Secondary Teacher
  • Public Health
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Reporter
  • Sales
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Social Work
  • Social Security
  • Safety Specialist
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Travel Guide
  • Travel Agent
  • Tribal Government
  • Wildlife Park
  • Zoologist