Anthropology provides insight into the complexity of social life and social processes and the diversity of cultures and social institutions. While not a directly career-oriented subject, anthropology challenges students to think critically, gives them a training in how to understand society from many different perspectives, and equips them with practical skills in working with people and things in a variety of cultural contexts. It therefore offers an excellent introduction for entry into many careers.
Each year Level 4 undergraduate students take part in a dedicated session with the University's Careers Service. All undergraduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to make use of their facilities.
Anthropology graduates work in research and teaching, in the media, in development agencies and non-governmental organisations, and in regional and national public sector bodies, as well as in many other fields and professions.
The Royal Anthropological Institute have an Anthropology Careers web page.
The American Anthropological Association have some good powerpoint slides on 'Anthropology for Businesses'. They describe the kinds of skills anthropologists bring to a range of occupations.
In 2009 Griet Scheldeman, an anthropologist who has worked in our Department, undertook a science journalism placement at the BBC. You can read her report about what it's like to be an anthropologist working in the media.
Dawn Nafus is an anthropologist at Intel and also has links to our Department. She says that an anthropological training is very relevant to her line of work. Hear her talk about it.