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What can I do with an Anthropology degree?


“The wonderful thing about being an anthropologist is that there’s nothing out of bounds. If it has to do with human beings and their culture and their society, then it’s anthropology.” – Professor Alan Fiske


In an increasingly globalized world, Anthropology majors are uniquely positioned for success in a variety of industries. What careers are available with an Anthropology degree? Here are a few ideas:

  • Advertising
  • Community Development
  • Cultural and environmental resource management
  • Forensics
  • Human Resources
  • Human rights and social justice advocacy
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Market research
  • Museums
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Tourism

A few of the many jobs held by UCLA Anthropology graduates:

  • Police Lieutenant
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Medical Social Worker
  • OB/GYN
  • Public Defender
  • Compliance specialist
  • President and CEO
  • Registered Nurse
  • Senior Technical Expert – Cultural Resources
  • Manager, Trade Compliance
  • Director, International Relations
  • Pastry Chef
  • Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Officer
  • Dispute Resolution Professional


“Anthropologists can contribute to our understanding of social problems and our understanding of human experience.” – Professor and Department Chair Nancy Levine


Transferable skills you can add to your resume:

  • Evaluation skills
  • Time management
  • Experimental design
  • Critical thinking
  • Data analysis
  • Report writing
  • Testing theories
  • Research and investigation
  • Synthesizing information
  • Design and planning
  • Public speaking and presentation skills


“The possibilities for what people can do with their lives, it’s unlimited. That’s how I like to think of Anthropology – unlimited possibilities.” – Professor Emerita Sondra Hale


Don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few people who have done well with an Anthropology degree:

  • Giada de Laurentis, chef (UCLA)
  • Dax Shepard, actor (UCLA)
  • Jeff Corwin, TV host
  • Tracy Chapman, singer
  • Kurt Vonnegut, author
  • Michael Crichton, author
  • Glen Close, actress
  • Zora Neale Hurston, author
  • Prince Charles of Wales, charitable entrepreneur
  • Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan



“Anthropology is a state of mind. It doesn’t matter what you do after undergraduate, it’s going to affect how you see the world. It’s going to cause you to look one person past yourself.” - Professor Jennifer Jackson


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