“I kept learning things I didn’t even consider, like the different ways that people order their life, and understand time, and understand space. And from gaining those perspectives I came to really understand anthropology as something that could form and frame the way that I experience the world… and the impact I have on other people.”

Kendall Castañeda, BU CAS ‘21

Anthropology sits at the intersection of the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. A degree in anthropology not only allows students to understand human experience across time and space but also to rigorously interpret and analyze those understandings.  Our students develop valuable skills in research, data collection, analysis, and writing that are applicable to a variety of careers in teaching, business, public service, medicine, and much more. 

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Anthropology as a Career

Anthropological study provides training particularly well suited to the 21st century. Our economy will become increasingly international; workforces and markets, increasingly diverse; participatory management and decision making, increasingly important; communication skills, increasingly in demand. Anthropology is the only contemporary discipline that approaches human questions from historical, biological, linguistic, and cultural perspectives. U.S. News Today ranks “Anthropologist” as one of its Best Science Jobs, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 10% employment growth for anthropologists within the next decade. Learn more about the different career opportunities available to anthropology majors below. 


To learn more about our undergraduate and graduate alumni and their career paths, click here. For more information on further career opportunities for anthropologists, visit the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) career center.