Hundreds of anthropologists have contributed to the Career Readiness Commission since its launch in 2021. As a broad, volunteer network, it has the support of numerous anthropology professional associations covering all subfields.
WHY THIS COMMISSION
Most anthropology students at all levels will not teach anthropology
Many jobs in industry, non-profits, and government benefit from anthropological knowledge and skills, but
Current and potential students, and their instructors, are generally unaware of the work of anthropologists beyond the academy and the opportunities that exist in the job market
With few exceptions, anthropology programs have significant gaps in career preparation
Many employers are unaware of the value and relevance of anthropological training
As a result, enrollment in anthropology programs is decreasing sharply, jeopardizing the future of the field.
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