I love job hunting! Said no one ever in the history of the modern job hunt.

While turning your hard-earned college degree into a rewarding job feels daunting, you can resolutely begin your search based on the broad foundation that a degree in anthropology provides. The key is learning how to communicate your experience and training in anthropology with its many skills to prospective employers unfamiliar with the discipline.

Anthropology Career Readiness Network (formerly known as the Career Readiness Commission) (https://anthrocareerready.net) developed a body of resources aimed at guiding anthropology students in their job searches and supporting instructors as they incorporate practice-oriented content into their courses. All of it is original content; it includes presentations, reports, one-page tools, videos, workshops, and newsletters.

What interests you?

  • Are you curious about how the diverse experiences and training you engaged in as an anthropology student can propel your job search and be useful to an employer?

Check out How Proficient Are You? (https://anthrocareerready.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Take-the-Quiz-032022.pdf)

  • Are you an instructor who is searching for effective ways to integrate practicing anthropology content into your curriculum?

Check out the A Career Ready Curriculum tool. (https://anthrocareerready.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/A-Career-Ready-Curriculum-11.8.2022.pdf)

  • Or maybe you’re new to the Commission and want to learn more about its work and impact. Dive into the numerous reports, newsletters, and presentations posted in Commission Materials.

Our leaders and volunteers have done the research and content creation. Now we want to share these resources with you in our Resource of the Month Initiative. Once per month we will highlight one of the original resources by promoting the Resource of the Month on our LinkedIn page and newsletter.

Our goals with this initiative are threefold:

  1. Communicate anthropology’s relevance and importance in the World of Work to a broad audience.
  2. Share accessible resources for jobseekers (both students and those in career transition), course content creators, instructors, and practitioners of anthropology.
  3. Grow our community! Drive anthropologists to the Career Readiness Commission website to create new opportunities for networking.

Our first Resource of the Month is my personal favorite: What’s in a Name? Job Titles to Explore. (https://anthrocareerready.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Career-Readiness-Job-Titles-Handout-3.20.2022.pdf)

You have the expertise and you have loads of experience—thanks to your degree in anthropology—but where should you start your search? Positions for anthropologists are often hidden under less obvious titles. Last year, we gathered information from anthropology graduates on the positions they held.Then, we put together this tool to assist you on your search for your next —or first!—job as an anthropologist.

Want to help us grow that title list? Go to our LinkedIn page and comment on other job titles that anthropologists are currently using.

Happy job hunting!

About the Author: Erica Dziedzic

Erica Dziedzic
Erica Dziedzic is an accomplished anthropologist, writer, and evaluator who works with nonprofit organizations and foundations to facilitate access to grant funding by reducing barriers. As an anthropologist, Erica specializes in studying people and cultures, including their language, customs, cuisine, and social behavior both past and present. Her ability to contextualize cultural and historical perspectives allows her to identify long-term trends and patterns, making her an expert in her field. She has worked and lived in various regions, providing her with the flexibility and adaptability to function efficiently in diverse settings.