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What can I do with my degree in Anthropology?

Other careers

An Anthropology degree may be useful in the following career areas:

Civil Service Fast Streamer
The Civil Service Fast Stream is a leadership development programme for those wanting to become senior leaders within the Civil Service
Prospects job profile: Civil Service Fast Streamer
Read about the 15 different Fast Stream schemes

People Profession (Human Resources, Learning & Development and Organisational Development & Design)
The people profession has a huge variety of roles within it – from numerical and data-driven roles in reward and analytics to development roles in talent and learning and development. These roles tend to fall into two categories: HR generalists, who perform a variety of activities in any aspect of people practice, and specialists, who provide detailed advice and guidance in their areas of expertise.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development: Career options in the people profession

Recruitment Consultant
Recruitment consultants help employers to interview and shortlist candidates to fill new permanent and temporary vacancies.
Prospects job profile: Recruitment consultant

Human Resources Officer
Human resources officers develop, advise on and implement policies relating to the effective use of staff in an organisation. Responsibilities include hiring, developing and looking after employees. This involves functions such as training and monitoring performance.
Prospects job profile: Human resources officer
Target job profile: Human resources officer

Equality and Diversity Officer
Equality and diversity officers promote and advise on equality and diversity so that organisations comply with the law and workplace discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation is reduced.
Target job profile: Equality and diversity officer
Prospects job profile: Equality, diversity and inclusion officer

Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer coordinators recruit and supervise volunteers and make sure that they receive the appropriate training.
Prospects job profile: Volunteer coordinator

Advertising Account Executive (also known as Account Handler; Client Services Executive)
Advertising account executives are the bridge between the client and the agency. Account Executives are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of client accounts within the agency. They need to develop effective working relationships with client contacts. They will get involved with solving problems, drafting internal and external communications, and documenting progress on a variety of agency projects.
Prospects job profile: Advertising account executive
Institute of Practitioners in Advertising: Account Executive

Marketing executive
Marketing executives promote a company or an individual product or brand. This role may include planning campaigns, commissioning market research and communicating with people in all areas of the business, from production to finance, as well as  externally. 
Prospects job profile: Marketing executive
The Chartered Institute of Marketing: Get into Marketing
I Want to Work In: Marketing

Museum/Gallery Exhibitions Officer
Museum/gallery exhibitions officers plan, deliver and install individual, permanent or travelling exhibitions. They will also organise publicity events and promotional activities such as talks and workshops.
Prospects job profile: Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
Museums Association: Workforce

Museum Curator
Acquires, cares for, develops, displays and interprets objects and collections of historic interest. In small museums, the curator is also responsible for managing the collection, operations, staff and volunteers.
Prospects job profile: Museum / gallery curator
Museums Association: Workforce
I Want to Work In: The Heritage Sector

Event Organiser/Manager
Event Organisers are involved with events from the conception stage through to the event itself.  Events can include conferences, festivals, and social events among others.  This hands-on role can be in public, private or not-for-profit settings.
Prospects job profile: Events manager 
All about careers: Event organiser

Public Relations Officer
PR officers use a variety of media and communication channels to put over messages on behalf of their clients that will build a positive reputation for that client in the eyes of consumers, investors, the media and other stakeholders.
Prospects job profile: Public relations officer
Public Relations and Communication Association: Careers in Public Relations

Social Worker
Social Workers work with people in the community who need support, for example, the elderly, children who are at risk, people with disabilities or mental health difficulties.
Prospects job profile: Social worker
Target job profile: Social worker

UX Researcher
User Researcher (UX) roles require good analytical skills and involve gathering information about how best to improve the design and usability of a website. As well as researching user behaviour and preference, a UX researcher will also look at the content of websites and consider design elements such as colours and images.
Prospects job profile: UX Researcher

Health Service Manager
Health service managers work in either an NHS setting or the private healthcare sector. They are responsible for the financial, strategic and daily operations of running a hospital, GP practice or community health service. The NHS offers specialised managerial roles including finance, human resources (HR), health analysis, health analytics and policy work.
Prospects job profile: Health service manager
Target job profile: Health service manager
NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme 

You may be interested in graduate roles outside of Anthropology. Most employers are looking for graduates with good degrees but don’t require a specific subject. To explore different career options see:


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Last Updated: 09/02/2021