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Why Study Anthropology

Anthropology literally means 'the study of human beings', because of their in-depth and broad understandings of people Anthropologists are in a position to advise on many issues that confront countries and companies the world over. Understanding how other societies organise their lives and give meaning to their existence also increases people's understanding of their own cultural worlds.

What Do Anthropologists Do?

Anthropologists do anything that involves understanding human social and cultural behaviour. Anthropologists may work in the field, in cities, in rural areas and in territories distant from their own country. Many will specialise in a particular area and advise government, local government, NGOs and corporations.

A PhD and a background of relevant fieldwork are required to work as a professional anthropologist.

What Skills Do Anthropology Students Develop?

  • communication
  • critical thinking and conceptual skills
  • creativity
  • multi-disciplinary approach
  • reasearch

Where Do Anthropology Graduates Work?

Employment options are diverse and exciting across both the public and private sectors.

  • Public sector:
  • Local Government:
  • Non Government Organisations (NGOs)
  • Education Sector
  • Journalism
  • Human resources
  • Business/financial sector/law
  • Museums and art galleries
  • public relations

Further information can be found in the Cultural Anthropology and Sociology Career View (PDF 1012KB) and the School of Social and Cultural Studies website