Anthropology Careers

Anthropology Careers


Bloomsburg University's anthropology program is designed to provide majors with two kinds of educational experience — to give pre-professional training for those students who wish to pursue graduate study in anthropology and to give a good liberal arts background to those students who are not interested in a graduate education.

To date, the anthropology program has been very successful in meeting these goals. BU students have successfully entered and participated in quality graduate programs in anthropology, while other anthropology majors have been able to obtain rewarding employment with a B.A. degree, usually in a social service area. The anthropology faculty is prepared to tailor an anthropology curriculum to best meet the needs of each individual student, and, when feasible, to provide vocational guidance. By selecting anthropology as a major, a student has not limited his/her career options, but has only begun to explore a range of vocational opportunities.

Career Development Resources for Anthropology Students

  • What discipline has a projected 19% employment growth rate through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? Anthropology!
  • Graduate School, Internship and Fieldwork Resources eAnthroGuide Locate a certificate, Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. granting program across many specializations like archaeology and medical anthropology.
  • For student members of the AAA, full listings of the eAnthroGuide, including research details for 10,000 current members and more than 80,000 anthropological experts, can be accessed through the Anthro Gateway Visit the AAA’s website for a directory of detailed listings for over 60 field schools that includes contact information.
  • Fellowships and Support Find information on grants, scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students on the AAA’s website.
  • AAA Career Center Find jobs and other professional development resources in the American Anthropological Association’s Career Center.
  • This Is Anthropology Use an interactive map to learn about anthropology projects in different parts of the world, explore the skills and careers anthropologists have, and find out how to become an anthropologist.
  • Career Paths and Education Read a brief overview of the benefits of an anthropological education and career prospects on the AAA website.
  • What Can I Do With This Major? View this great career resource for undergraduates and graduate students with practical information and strategies for pursuing diverse career paths with an anthropology or archaeology degree.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Read the entry on anthropologists and archaeologists in the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s online Occupational Outlook Handbook. Resources for Students Interested in Practicing/Applied Careers Anthropologists on the Job Market: How Departments and Job
  • Seekers Can Respond to the Employment Crisis View presentations by practicing/applied anthropologists in this archived roundtable-session from the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
  • A Career in Practice Webinar Watch Riall Nolan discuss professional development and career building for anthropologists outside of the academy in this archived AAA webinar. Nolan covers resume writing, job search tips, interviewing, and more.
  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Learn about careers in practicing anthropology, read career profiles, listen to the Career Podcast series, and more.
  • Versatile PhD Prepare for a non-academic career by exploring career paths, viewing job listings, connecting with an online community and discovering networking opportunities and resources.
  • Resources for Students Interested in Academic Careers Anthropologists on the Job Market: How Departments and Job Seekers Can Respond to the Employment Crisis. View presentations by academic anthropologists in this archived roundtable-session from the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
  • The Bar is Very High: Academic Dossier Evaluation and What to Expect Watch Mark Aldenderfer discuss the tenure process in this archived AAA webinar. Aldenderfer covers: 1) crafting tenure dossiers and the importance of publishing records (including online publishing; 2) the realities of what Ph.Ds can expect during the tenure evaluation process and being prepared; and 3) department culture and the expectations of deans, chairs, admins and colleagues
  • The Professor Is In Find resources on academic career paths, tenure, and hiring. Employment services are also offered for a fee.

Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings

The Ideal Preparation for Admission to MA and PhD Programs in Applied Anthropology: A Roundtable Discussion with Graduate Faculty Members

Applied Anthropology

Special session (March 21, 2013) Organized by Faith R. Warner (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania) and Lisa Henry (University of North Texas); Discussants: DeeAnne Wymer; Gabrielle Vielhaeur (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania).

Participant Institutions: University of South Florida (Nancy Romero-Daza); University of North Texas (Doug Henry); IUPUI (Wendy Vogt); University of Kansas (Don Stull); Oregon State University (Nancy Rosenberger); Northern Arizona University (Robert Trotter); University of Memphis (Linda Bennett; Keri Brondo). Other participants included undergraduate students, graduate students, other university faculty – approximately 60 individuals participated in the roundtable discussion.

Graduate program representatives were asked to comment on the following questions (given the time constraints of the session the comments and responses to the questions largely focused on the first, fourth, and fifth questions although comments were generated for all of the questions).

  • What should undergraduate faculty do to enhance their programs in order to better prepare students to be accepted into your programs?
  • Do you prefer that students enter your graduate programs directly after completing their undergraduate degrees?
  • How important are GREs and GPAs and how do your programs assess these measures?
  • What type of practical experience makes for a stronger applicant to your program?
  • How much value do you place on an applicant’s record on research experience, presentations at conferences, and publications?
  • How much value do you place on undergraduate coursework in programs outside of anthropology?

Anthropology major completes Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office internship

Gabrielle Vielhauer

My name is Gabrielle Vielhauer. I am a student at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where I am studying anthropology. From September to December 2012, I was pleased to be selected to participate in The Harrisburg Intern Semester (THIS) program sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). This program places one student representative from each university, within the state system, with an office of the legislature or in a government agency.

For my internship, I was placed in the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office (PA HPO) which also serves as the State Historic Preservation Office. During my internship, I worked with the staff members of the Cultural Resource Geographic Information System (CRGIS) for roughly 37 hours per week.

Before working in CRGIS, I will admit that the historical markers program and the State Museum were the only things I knew about in regards to Historic Preservation in Pennsylvania. Working with the CRGIS, I quickly realized how much the PA HPO does on a daily basis to research, understand and protect significant historical and archaeological resources in the Commonwealth.

Vielhauer: Yes, You Can!

One of the first lessons you learn as an undergraduate majoring in anthropology is how to effectively answer questions such as, “So what are you going to do with that?” and “Are there even jobs in that?” These questions in addition to an extremely competitive job market in most fields would undoubtedly make even the most passionate student of Anthropology nervous. However, a new report has suggested that it may be easier to become employed as an anthropologist than what was once thought due to a growing job market in Anthropology.