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Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
What can I do with an anthropology degree?

With an undergraduate degree in anthropology, you’ll be ready for entry-level positions in many fields or for graduate study in a variety of disciplines. Some of our recent graduates work in the fields of cultural resources management, healthcare and in coroner's offices. Others have gone on to some of the top universities in the world, including the University of Oxford, Duke University, Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago, among others.

Anthropologists work in a wide array of fields including:

  • Museums / Collections Management
  • Curators / Conservators
  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and Historic Preservation
  • Forensic Sciences and Law
  • Global Health and Public Health
  • Anatomist / Occupational Therapist / Physical Therapist
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Public Policy and Governmental Agencies
  • Consulting Firms (BA, MA, PhD)
  • Primatologist / Primate Conservation
  • Researchers
  • Educators

*Some job opportunities may require an advanced degree (MA or PhD). Contact the department for more details.

For more career information, check out these sites:

American Anthropological Association

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Society for American Archaeology

Society for Historical Archaeology




Internships are excellent ways to combine your education with practical work experience in industry, business, and government. Recent Auburn anthropology students have interned with the Smithsonian Institution and with the Auburn University Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) program.

For help with your résumé, internship/job placement, or general career advice, contact:

CLA Office of Career Services
308 Tichenor Hall, Auburn University, AL 
Phone 334-844-4541