Career Readiness Commission

Helping to prepare the next generation of anthropologists to meet tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

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Preparing Anthropology Students for Diverse Careers

By creating a closer community among students, teaching faculty and instructors, and practitioners.


The concept for a Commission emerged amid a confluence of trends. Practitioners represent the rising majority within the discipline of anthropology. Yet, current students in BA, Masters, and PhD programs get little training in professionalization skills and little experience in anthropological practice (some applied programs excepted). Even academic employment for PhDs is on a downward trend, as hundreds apply for the few open positions in a saturated market. Simultaneously, many anthropology departments are struggling to remain relevant in the eyes of college/university administrators. At the same time, opportunities for anthropologists to work outside the academy in a wide variety of sectors continue to grow.


The commission is made up of volunteers who are passionate about increasing anthropology’s relevance in the world. It includes leaders from all U.S.-based anthropology professional organizations, representatives of all anthropology subfields, including the AAA, SfAA, NAPA, AAPA, SAA, RPA, LSA, COPAA, EPIC, and WAPA.


Anthropology programs embrace practice in their teaching and preparation of students for future careers regardless of subfield.

Helping to prepare the next general of anthropologists to meet tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

  • Transform anthropology by making it practice-friendly
  • Improve the training of bachelor, masters, and PhD anthropology students so that they are career-ready
  • Use our networks and website to create a closer community among students, teaching faculty and instructors, and practitioners
  • For anthropology teaching faculty and instructors: Provide advice in the form of frameworks and recommendations as well as resources, making the integration of anthropological practice into the curriculum easy
  • For undergraduate and graduate students: Offer information and suggestions to students and anthropology clubs about work sectors, career paths, and job preparation and job search materials
  • For practitioners: Serve as a resource on networking, handling difficult workplace situations, access to contacts at selected professional organizations, and as leaders on the anthrocareernet blog
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Updates from the Career Readiness Commission

Stay up to date on our World of Work blogs, news, and events.

What can applied archaeology offer anthropology?

September 7th, 2022|

I live in two professional worlds. Part scientist, part science communicator, I navigate a cross-disciplinary career with a saying from time in archaeology: Work from the known to the unknown. The Career Readiness Commission’s Fordham Conference cued up this [...]

  • How Does a Conference Help Anthropology Matter

How Does a Conference Help Anthropology Matter?

August 24th, 2022|

“Anthropology helps us think about the world differently; it helps us uncover social silences.” These words by anthropologist and journalist Gillian Tett resonated in my mind while attending the conference “Building Careers in Anthropology” on Friday, May 13th, 2022 [...]

  • Our First Year Review

Our First Year Review

August 22nd, 2022|

If you’re interested in what the Commission has been doing during the past year, check out our “First Year Review” which is now posted on the website. You’ll find a description of what the Commission is, what we planned to [...]

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