What can you do with an Anthropology degree?
An Anthropology degree can open many doors because of our emphasis on the study of human behavior using rigorous research methods and critical thinking. Here is how an anthropology degree aligns with many of the skills employers desire in their candidates:
What employers are looking for?
- According to an article on businessinsider.com, companies are desperate to hire anthropologists. Why? Because anthropologists understand people.
- "Well, I started out in anthropology, so to me how society works, how people put themselves together and make things work, has always been a big interest. Which is where mythology comes from, where religion comes from, where social structure comes from." - George Lucas, http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/lucas_interview/
- In 2017, John Schofield, Head of Department and Director of Studies, Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York, argues that Archaeology is still the best degree: https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/news-and-events/news/external/news-2017/archaeology-still-the-best-degree/
In a survey given by the Association of American Colleges, they found that “93 percent of the employers surveyed said that "a demonstrated 1)capacity to think critically, 2) communicate clearly, and 3) solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate's] undergraduate major."
Here is Forbes list of the 10 skills most desired in employees (this will be you!):
- Decision making and problem solving
- Planning: organizing and prioritizing
- Verbal and written communication
- Obtaining and processing information
- Analyzing quantitative data
- Technical knowledge
- Proficiency with computer software programs
- Creating and editing written reports
- Learning and adapting quickly
A recent report on what employers say is lacking in college graduates describes the following:
- More than 9 in 10 of those surveyed say it is important that those they hire demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.
- More than 75% of employers say they want more emphasis on 5 key areas including: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings.
- Employers endorse several educational practices as potentially helpful in preparing college students for workplace success. These include practices that require students to a) conduct research and use evidence-based analysis; b) gain in-depth knowledge in the major as well as analytic, problem solving, and communication skills; and c) apply their learning in real-world settings.