Described as the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences, anthropology is a broad-based discipline that could lead to a variety of careers...
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Only a tiny proportion of graduates become anthropologists, as academics or researchers. Some choose careers that build directly on anthropology, including social policy and teaching, development/overseas agencies and work for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including:
A high proportion of anthropology graduates work in the public and not-for-profit sectors, all branches of the Civil Service, local government, charities, central government bodies, universities, international organisations, such as the United Nations (UN) , museums and voluntary organisations.
Anthropology graduates also pursue roles in advertising, sales and marketing, positions in museums, conservation, and heritage management and careers related to health and social work.
As well as knowledge of anthropology, your degree equips you with general skills, including:
You may also be able to offer subject-specific knowledge, such as genetic and biological traits, globalisation and society, an understanding of how cultures function and their common traits, and the importance of language and power.
Courses chosen by recent graduates include law, industrial relations, teaching, development studies, environmental anthropology, journalism, criminology, youth and community work, public health, and marketing.
Some students go on to Masters degrees and specialise in an anthropological area, such as visual or medical anthropology, while others pursue related disciplines, such as community health, sociology, social research methods, politics, human geography and economics.
Vocational courses, such as museum enthnography, counselling, health and social work, are also taken up by anthropology graduates. Some anthropology graduates study part time for professional qualifications while working, for example, in personnel management.
More than half of anthropology students get jobs in the UK or overseas after graduation, while nearly one in five go on to further study, with the majority studying for a higher degree.
|Working and studying||7.7%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||16.1%|
|Commercial and public management||11.5%|
|Clerical and secretarial||10.9%|
|Marketing, sales and advertising||10.7%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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