Your degree in Anthropology

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Anthropology, you’re learning about the cultural, material, biological, and social life of humans all over the world and throughout human history. You’ll develop important skills as you make real-world applications of theory and research to contemporary issues.

These skills may include:

  • Applying an in-depth understanding of human relationships to study how cultures and communities come to be and evolve
  • Collaboration and leadership skills gained through hands-on fieldwork experiences
  • Time management of projects throughout planning, organization, and implementation stages
  • Qualitative and quantitative research, data collection and interviewing, statistical interpretation, synthesis of facts, and presentation of findings
  • Analytical skills applied to inquire into what it means to be human, demonstrating a cross-cultural understanding
  • Clear and concise written communication that makes connections across natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities
  • Critical thinking and public speaking skills that demonstrate a proficient understanding of cultural similarities and differences

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, public policy, international development, business, non-profit, museums, communications, research, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Adoption program officer
  • Affirmative action advisor 
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeological technician
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Charitable organization director
  • Citizenship officer
  • Communications manager
  • Community organizer
  • Conservator
  • Copywriter
  • Cultural interpreter
  • Customs officer
  • Diplomat
  • Environmental advisor
  • Ethnographer
  • Family violence prevention program advisor
  • Foreign service officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Heritage planner
  • Human resources manager
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Indigenous affairs officer
  • Information consultant
  • International development worker
  • Journalist
  • Labour market analyst
  • Library director
  • Medical anthropologist
  • Multiculturalism project officer
  • Museum administrator
  • Museum educator
  • Non-governmental organization manager
  • Records technician
  • Restoration technician
  • Rural development manager
  • Social policy researcher
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Tourism industry consultant
  • Urban planner

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Anthropology graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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