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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  • How Do I Use My Anthropology Degree in the Workplace?

How Do I Use My Anthropology Degree in the Workplace?

January 19th, 2024|

I work for RTX, previously known as Raytheon Technologies, a large aerospace and defense company. I haven’t yet run into another colleague who identifies as a business anthropologist, but I mention that detail about myself regularly as it explains the [...]

  • Have You Thought about Applying to a Graduate Program

Have You Thought about Applying to a Graduate Program?

January 8th, 2024|

It is that time again: new beginnings, fresh outlook, annual resolutions, and for some, the what-will-I-do-after-graduation question. Even if you are not yet asking yourself this question, others surely will be asking you about your plans. So, what are your [...]

  • What does every Anthropology PhD student need?

What Does Every Anthropology PhD Student Need?

December 17th, 2023|

I entered my doctoral program hell bent on becoming a successful tenure-track anthropology professor. A little way in I realized that this dream meant jeopardizing my own and my family’s financial and emotional well-being. So, a few years before I [...]

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