Career development

We want your college experience to not only educate you, but lead you to a future career opportunity. Use the resources below to learn more about career development.


You can build connections by networking through on-campus clubs and organizations. 


Get real life experience away from the classroom by interning. Additionally, you can also choose a thesis option and contribute to future research and policy making

Why study anthropology?

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The department provides many benefits for you to create a lifelong career, not just a job.  These can include applicable skills and instinctual skills that will make you appealing to government agencies, businesses, non-profits, universities, and more.

During your educational career, you will:

  • become a “people person” because of your diverse background and knowledge in multi-cultural environments, which allows you to work well with others
  • obtain experience outside the classroom that will look great on your resume and build connections with future employers
  • gain problem-solving skills that will help you become a leader in your career
  • be able to adapt to change, which is important in today’s globalized economy

What kind of career can I look forward to?

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Cultural anthropologist 

Study human behavior and cross-cultural aspects and find a career with:

  • international agencies like the World Bank or United Nations
  • national organizations like the Red Cross or Oxfam
  • businesses where you analyze work relations and workplace culture to improve their operations
  • social workers by providing insight into human behavior regarding homelessness, drug abuse, and gangs
  • public housing projects, senior centers, and community organizing to create meaningful lives

Study the past in the outdoors and be prepared for a career in:

  • cultural resources management, where you’ll analyze and protect the remains of our past from modern construction projects
  • museums, educating the public and the youth about early hominids and other primates, ancient technology, and more that creates an appreciation for our past
  • the National Park Service and other environmental government agencies that need records of past ecosystems that will contribute to future management and conservation plans
  • the state government, where you’ll  influence city planning and community building 
Linguistic anthropologist 

Study language globalization, ideologies, and commoditization and find a career with:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) education programs
  • bilingual education
  • organizations and businesses that need help with communication skills and practices
Physical anthropologist

Study the biology and evolution of human beings and get an exciting career in:

  • law enforcement, like the FBI or local police working as a forensic anthropologist solving crimes and assisting criminal investigations
  • medicine, by researching the culture, causes, and prevention behind a disease in public health, nursing, or medical administration
  • researching the remains of primates, humans, and the fossil record to predict our future to contribute to schools of thought, educational institutions, and private organizations

Career development resources

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The university’s Gateway Student Success Center helps you:

  • create cover letters and resumes
  • search for a career
  • find internships
  • hone interviewing skills

Our StudentCareer Fair happens twice a year and showcases many organizations and businesses that can employ recent graduates or current students.

The American Anthropology Association has information on careers in anthropology. 

Job search links

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  • Flagjobs is a listing of full-time and part-time job openings in Flagstaff.
  • Indeed is a broad job search engine that pulls open job listings from various online sources.
  • CareerOneStop offers links to state job banks throughout the US.
  • USAJobs helps you find government jobs working for the US stateside or internationally.
  • Idealist allows you to search for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations.
  • Internship programs helps you search for internships by employers, career field, or location.