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.

  • A Love Letter to Anthropology

A love letter to anthropology

March 23rd, 2022|

Anthropology is my true love; some would even say I’m evangelical about it. But Anthropology has fallen out of favour in academia and in the public eye. It’s been cut from academic institutions across the USA and the UK. [...]

  • How can I increase my anthropological impact?

How can I increase my anthropological impact?

March 17th, 2022|

As an applied anthropologist, I am concerned with solving practical problems. This started with my University of North Texas direct-to-consumer genetics thesis research and has continued into my professional life. Many tech projects I work on, while important, are [...]

  • Building Careers in Anthropology Conference

Building Careers in Anthropology Conference

March 16th, 2022|

The Building Careers in Anthropology was a resounding success. This comment by one instructor seems to convey the spirit and resolve of the Commission: "The conference was spot on! I came away with a renewed sense of hope for [...]

  • The Commission goes to Salt Lake City

The Commission goes to Salt Lake City!

February 18th, 2022|

SfAA is holding its annual meeting at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel between March 23-26, 2022.  The Career Readiness Commission is featuring two workshops: “Becoming a Practicing Anthropologist: For People Seeking Non-Academic Careers,” by Riall Nolan, on Wednesday, March [...]

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