Anthropology

If you are passionate about understanding why societies have flourished and perished, why and how civilizations which have come before us have changed or have affected the way we are today and are fascinated by the interaction of cultures and the dissemination of traditions and ways of life, a major in Anthropology may be your calling. It will expose you to differing cultural experiences, ways of viewing problems and contemporary policies and societal realities, preparing you for a number of professional career options.

Career Options in Anthropology

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Anthropology. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers an Anthropology degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Anthropology than others.

  • Activist
  • Archivist
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Cultural Advisor
  • Cultural Artifact Specialist
  • Cultural Researcher
  • Demographer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Exhibit Coordinator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Administrator
  • Historical Researcher
  • Historian
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Immigration Officer
  • Journalist
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Aid
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Mediator
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Technician
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Population Studies Analyst
  • Police Officer/Corrections Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy Researcher
  • Politician

Note: It is important to remember that some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above please consult the Career Cruising website, available to York University students using their Passport York account through https://passportyork.yorku.ca/ppylogin/ppylogin. You can also visit the National Occupational Classification website, available at www.hrsdc.gc.ca/noc.