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Careers

Anthropology careers

Most professional anthropologists have traditionally worked in higher educational institutions, teaching and researching, but today there are many other career options for trained anthropologists. Many anthropologists with master's degrees or bachelor's degrees work for contract archaeology firms at archaeological sites, in physical anthropology laboratories, and in museums in a wide range of areas. A doctorate is required for most academic jobs.

The non-academic employment of cultural anthropologists is greatly expanding as the demand for research on humans and their behaviour increases. Since 1985, over half of all new PhDs in anthropology have taken non-academic positions in research institutes, non-profit associations, government agencies, world organizations and private corporations. While the job market for academic anthropologists is relatively steady, demand for anthropologists is increasing in other areas, stimulated by a growing need for analysts and researchers with sharp thinking skills who can manage, evaluate and interpret the large volume of data on human behaviour.

The non-academic employment of cultural anthropologists is greatly expanding as the demand for research on humans and their behaviour increases.

Sociology careers

A degree in sociology offers valuable preparation for many careers. Each year, TRU graduates go to the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, or University of Victoria to study for graduate degrees (for example, Master of Arts).

Some of our sociology majors have gone into professional programs, including TRU's education or social work departments. Others have found that a sociology degree provides entry into a wide variety of occupations in management, government and human services agencies. Graduates with a sociology major will find that job titles do not include the word "sociology," nor will they find many entries under "sociologist" in newspaper employment ads or professional journals. All employers, however, want to hire people who can think, analyse, respond appropriately to problems, and communicate effectively.

Some of our sociology majors have gone into professional programs, including TRU's education or social work departments.