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What can I do with my Anthropology degree?

About the program

Concordia’s Anthropology students study, observe and investigate cultural life in diverse human societies. Through courses and participating in local, national, and international research, you will examine the self and identity and will discover possible forms of family, art, politics or economics constructed in diverse human societies.

For the latest information on programs, visit the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Skills developed

As a student in Anthropology, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.

  • Investigative and analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • Creativity
  • Keen observation
  • Cultural awareness
  • Curiosity
  • Holistic vision
  • Social ease in strange situations
  • Interviewing skills
  • Ability to conduct field study
  • Accuracy in interpreting behaviour
  • Insight into human and social behaviour
  • Non-judgemental approach

  • Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding comprehensively
  • Read critically and write persuasively
  • Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
  • Write reports and essays
  • Interact with others and build professional relationships

  • Manage tasks and meet deadlines
  • Work under pressure
  • Influence and persuade
  • Make decisions and use sound judgement

  • Delegate
  • Manage conflict
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Lead and follow
  • Negotiate

  • Observe and interpret data
  • Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to generate an informed conclusion
  • Understand complex problems and identify solutions

Potential work settings

Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.

  • Advertising firms
  • Advocacy institutions
  • Archaeology firms
  • Art galleries
  • Civic organizations
  • Community services
  • Correctional and rehabilitation services
  • Educational institutions
  • Cultural centres
  • Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
  • Hospitals
  • International development agencies
  • Libraries
  • Management consulting firms
  • Marketing and marketing research agencies
  • Mental health institutions
  • Museums
  • Parks / historic sites
  • Physical / biological anthropology laboratories
  • Placement / employment agencies
  • Public interest groups
  • Public relations
  • Publishing companies
  • Radio and TV stations
  • Religious institutions
  • Research centres
  • Retail stores
  • Social service organizations
  • Travel and tourism agencies
  • Women’s organizations

What jobs can an Anthropology degree lead to?

Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Conservator (museum)
  • Coordinator
  • Curator
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Exhibit Assistant
  • Museum Technician / Interpreter

  • Archaeological Field Technician
  • Bilingual Client Care Representative
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Organizer
  • Coordinator of Refugee Services
  • Cultural Analyst
  • International Aid / Development Worker
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Social and Community Service Worker
  • Social Science Analyst
  • Social Survey Researcher

  • Career Advisor
  • Ecotourism Research Assistant
  • Ethnographer Assistant
  • Indigenous Education Enhancement Worker
  • Multiculturalism Educator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Researcher
  • Undergraduate Program Assistant

  • Indigenous Relations Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Labour Relations Assistant 
  • Project Officer
  • Public Policy Analyst

  • Archive Assistant
  • Travel Writer
  • Writer / Editor

Job & career possibilities with a master's or PhD in Anthropology

The job titles listed below are examples of careers requiring further education such as an MA or PhD degree, a second bachelor degree, a certificate or a graduate diploma and relevant work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Academic Advisor
  • Advocate
  • Anthropologist
  • Antique Dealer
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art Conservator
  • Behavioral Science Advisor
  • Biographer
  • College / CEGEP / University Professor
  • Community Development Consultant
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Ethnohistorian
  • Ethnologist
  • Exhibit Assistant
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Foundation Program Manager
  • Genealogist
  • Immigration Inspector

Start your job search

Explore career options

Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:

Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.

Field of study – Government of Canada Job Bank : Find out about employment rates, wages and the types of jobs related to a specific field of study.

Search job titles or companies - LinkedIn: Search by job title or field of study. You can also find out what type of positions individuals with the same degree as you have occupied.

Career Cruising

Explore your interests, learn about careers and find jobs on the Career Cruising website. Find the link and login information in the Student Hub's My CU Account.

Search for jobs

Browse the websites below to find jobs available in Quebec and Canada related to your field of study. You can also search the CAPS online job bank or find employers in Canada that hire new graduates in your field.

Book an appointment 

To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.

To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345

*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service

Networking  and professional associations

Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshopscareer fairs or career panels to get a head start.

Here are a few recommended sites:

Contact us

514-848-2424, ext. 3921 / 7345
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Sir George Williams Campus
Room H-745

Loyola Campus
Room AD-103

Office hours

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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