As one of the social sciences, an anthropology degree sets you up with a range of skills that can take you into a variety of careers including those in charity, local government and international aid

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Whichever career you're interested in, gaining work experience is useful for showing employers your interest and commitment to the area.

Look for opportunities that relate to the area you'd like to work in. For example, if you want to get into charity or international aid roles, there are many opportunities to volunteer overseas in your summer break.

You could also try contacting local council offices or museums and galleries, if that's where your interest lies, for information about project activities and ask if they need volunteers to help out with the organisation or running of events.

Involvement in a student society can also help you develop relevant skills and experience in, for example, publicity, campaigning, and public speaking.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

You may choose to become an anthropologist, either as an academic or a researcher but only a tiny proportion of graduates take that route. Instead you could consider a career that builds directly on anthropology, including social policy and teaching or working for development/overseas agencies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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.

You could also pursue a role in:

  • advertising
  • conservation
  • health and social work
  • heritage management
  • museums
  • sales and marketing.

Find information on employers in charity and voluntary work, marketing, advertising and PR, and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

As well as knowledge of anthropology, your degree equips you with general skills, including:

  • written communication
  • analytical and critical skills
  • the ability to gather, assess and interpret data
  • oral communication and presentation skills
  • time management
  • discussion and group work skills
  • statistical and computing techniques
  • clear, logical and independent thinking
  • organising and planning
  • problem solving
  • the ability to construct an argument.

You'll learn theories and methodologies for research work, which can be applied to many job roles. You may also be able to offer subject-specific knowledge, including topics 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.

Further study

Postgraduate courses that follow on from your anthropology degree include:

  • criminology
  • development studies
  • environmental anthropology
  • industrial relations
  • journalism
  • law
  • marketing
  • public health
  • teaching
  • youth and community work.

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 are also available, such as museum ethnography, counselling, health and social work.

To find a course that interests you, search postgraduate courses in anthropology.

What do anthropology graduates do?

The most popular job for anthropology graduates is business, research and administrative professional. Other jobs that anthropology graduates go into include sales, marketing and associate professional, welfare and housing associate professional, teaching professional, care work and admin.

Further study15.8
Working and studying14.5
Graduate destinations for anthropology
Type of workPercentage
Business, HR and finance16.8
Clerical, secretarial and administrative15.9
Retail, catering and customer service12.6
Legal, social and welfare12
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other anthropology graduates are doing 15 months after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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