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Careers in Anthropology

There are two great reasons why studying anthropology should be considered by undergraduate and master's students. First, the material is intellectually exciting. Second, anthropology prepares students for excellent jobs and opens doors to various career paths. Learn more >>

Why Businesses Should Hire Anthropologists
How Hiring an Anthropologist Will Make Your Firm More Competitive in the New Economy
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The following articles make excellent arguments for including anthropologists in market research.

Working For the Federal Government
The federal government is one of the largest employers of anthropologists outside of academia, with numerous opportunities for both permanent employees and contractors. Possible career paths include: international development, cultural resource management, the legislative branch, forensic and physical anthropology, natural resource management, and defense and security sectors. Shirley J. Fiske’s article, "Working for the Federal Government: Anthropology Careers", in the March 2008 NAPA Bulletin provides an overview of the available opportunities, including specific information on where to find vacancy announcements and how to respond to them. Click here to access the full article.

Applying for Federal and Security Related Jobs(The Washington Post)
Federal careers expert Derrick Dortch answered questions online. Learn more>

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