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Careers with Anthropology for Graduate Students

What can you do with a graduate degree in anthropology?

To say that you can do anything with a degree in anthropology is trite but true. A study of our alumni shows that they hold a variety of positions in a wide range of fields and careers. 

You can learn more about the different careers of our alumni and other anthropologists by reading our alumni profiles [coming soon]. Many of our graduate alumni are pursuing job in academia as professors, lecturers, researchers, and administrators. Other alumni are working in non-profits, museums, zoos, cultural resource management, and forensics. 

Career Resources

The department, college, and university offer many services and resources to prepare students for careers and life beyond the degree. Here is a list of some of the important ones.

Career Courses at Ohio State

ANTHROP 7005: Careers with Anthropology prepares graduate students from all sub-fields of anthropology for various career paths. Through this course students develop professional skills by focusing on the ways in which they can apply anthropological concepts, research methodologies, and analytical skills in future careers. 

ARTSSCI 6000: Career Exploration for Graduate Students is a one-credit course that introduces skills for discovering a variety of career paths; assessing fit; cultivating necessary skills and networks; and entering a profession. The course is suitable for graduate students at any stage, with any career goal. Contact Dr. Fosler-Lussier with questions at fosler-lussier.2@osu.edu.  

The Writing Center

The Writing Center provides feedback on technical writing like resumes and cover letters

How to Prepare for a Career Fair

If you are attending your first career fair, here is some advice. Advice from an employer on how to prepare for a career fair.

Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond Graduate School and Beyond The Professoriate | ASC Career Success (osu.edu) provide detailed guidance on developing effective resumes, including instructional videos covering soft vs technical skills, resume formatting, sample resume sections, and more. Both platforms are FREE to ASC graduate students and postdocs. 

Anthropology Careers

The American Anthropological Association has a website dedicated to Anthropology Careers and Employment 

The American Association of Biological Anthropology maintains a website with current job openings

The Society for American Archaeology has a Career Center with job postings and resources.

Career Coaching 

ASC graduate students and postdocs have access to career coaching from both Buckeye Careers and ASC Career Success.  To schedule an appointment, log into Handshake and select Career Center, then select Appointments. 

ASC Career and Professional Success offers coaching appointments to graduate students and postdocs exploring or seeking non-academic careers.  

Buckeye Careers offers career coaching for students seeking academic and non-academic careers.  

Anthropology Career Readiness Network (ACRN)

The Anthropology Career Readiness Network is a network for instructors and students interested in careers with anthropology. There are a lot of great resources for faculty interested in preparing students for a wide of range of careers, and great resources for students exploring careers. You can join the network here.

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)

NAPA is a professional association that supports all anthropologists in bringing real solutions to communities, organizations, and policymakers, by offering advocacy, information, networks, mentoring, and continuing education. Their website offers many resources for professional, practicing, and applied anthropologists.

Anthropology on LinkedIn

You can connect with the Department of Anthropology on LinkedIn to stay in touch and keep up with news from the department. LinkedIn is also a great way to connect with the more than 460 anthropology alumni from Ohio State  who are working in a wide range of careers. 

You can search for anthropology alumni in particular careers, companies or locations and then connect with them for an informational interview.


Ohio State has partnered with Handshake, a platform for college recruiting. Handshake is a career-management platform that allows Ohio State students and recent graduates to connect with employers. 

Graduate students and postdocs are strongly encouraged to utilize Handshake to explore participating employers, including available positions, target disciplines, and more.  International students/postdocs can search for participating employers open to CPT/OPT and visa sponsorship. 


AlumniFire for Ohio State is a grassroots networking community launched by Ohio State community members in 2016. You can connect with fellow Buckeyes for career exploration, finding old friends, affinity groups, or sharing relevant information. It has more than 8,000 members and an active job board.