Anthropology Career Readiness Network

Preparing Anthropology Students for Careers in Industry, Non-Profits, and Government

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Hundreds of anthropologists have contributed to the Anthropology Career Readiness Network since its launch in 2021. As a broad, volunteer network, it has the support of numerous anthropology professional associations covering all subfields.


  • 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.


A “one-stop shop” for resources

To consider, prepare for, and secure a job in industry, non-profits, or government so that you use your anthropological knowledge and skills

To integrate anthropological practice and career awareness and preparation into your courses and programs effectively

To build a career-oriented network offering resources, support, and guidance


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Updates from the Anthropology Career Readiness Network

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  • Introducing The Resource Of The Month

Introducing the Resource of the Month

February 26th, 2023|

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 [...]

  • Anthropology Career Readiness Network Announces New Name

Anthropology Career Readiness Network Announces New Name

February 19th, 2023|

Troy, MI, February 19, 2023 – The Anthropology Career Readiness Network announced a new name and updated logo as the grassroots professional group moves into a phase of accelerated outreach to anthropologists in all subfields.  Elizabeth Briody, Founder, Cultural [...]

  • How Do I Focus my Job Search in Anthropology?

How Do I Focus my Job Search in Anthropology?

February 3rd, 2023|

You have your degree—so now you want to find a job. The connection between career and degree seems to be getting harder to navigate. Should you focus on “soft skills” like interpersonal communication or teamwork? “Hard skills” like laboratory [...]

  • Why Don’t People Think to Ask an Anthropologist

Why Don’t People Think to Ask an Anthropologist?

January 5th, 2023|

A longstanding issue for anthropology has been its low public visibility. The effects in the US, UK, and elsewhere range from erroneous assumptions about the discipline, to still-too-few "seats at the table" in contributing to public conversations and debates, [...]

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