(Closed) Are there bees with a degree in anthropology??

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
192 posts
Blushing bee

You should definetly major in bio and minor in anthro. You sound SO MUCH like me and I wish that’s what I would have done. I think I could have gotten the hang of chem and calc if I would have applied myself. You may want to look into Forensics as well. There is NO future in anthropology aside from an academic one.

While I love Anthropology, I have not used my degree whatsoever. I work in disability insurance. I really doubt anyone will tell you about her fabulous anthro job unless she has a PhD.

Post # 3
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Cimmenting to follow, as I am finishing my PhD in anthropology and want to start job hunting soon…

Post # 4
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

my younger sister majored in cultural anthropology in undergrad (minor in peace studies). Unfortunately, she’s currently looking to go to grad school to further her degree so that’s not too sexy! I think with a concentration in biological anthro you would be a good fit in a musuem or educational or research type of job. Or even government.

Post # 5
61 posts
Worker bee

I majored in History (don’t want to be specific as it would be easy for people who know me to figure out who I am on here) and minored in Physical Anthropology (with a lot of cultural stuff thrown in there).

I suggest majoring in the biology. Would be something to fall back on if a job with anthrology doesn’t pan out.

When I took physical anthro- it was at a time where that pig farm in BC was being investigated for those missing woman. They were asking for students who had a specific level of training if they would be willing to go out and help identitfy human bones. It was an eye opener! A lot of back breaking work and  long hours sorting thru fragments.

At the end of it tho. I couldn’t find a job that I was 100% happy with in my field. So- I’m in something completely unrelated to my degree!

Post # 6
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My best friend has her degree in anthropology. She’s a pharmacy tech at walmart. She applied to quite a few museum studies graduate programs but had no luck since it’s very competative. I think going to biology route is the way to go!

Post # 7
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with pp’s, major in biology. I have a master in palaeontology and while I loved all the courses and fieldwork, it’s not the most useful degree. I’m currently a stay at home wife/mum to be, but once our little one is a few years old I’m going to go back to university and work towards a degree that makes me more employable. 

Post # 8
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Rappig:  I have a BA in Anthro (and Politics). I also have a MPP in education policy. I work for the government in education research. I use my degree, but it is the culutral pieces and the understanding people and complex systems pieces. I work with a lot of applied Anthropologists (PhDs from top schools)

My view– no one in my cohort uses their degree more than me. Many were unemployed. Those who went to graduate school and got PhDs are making about the same as those who became subsitute teachers or worked at Starbucks. And I went to name brand schools.

If you want a job, I really recommend getting a practical degree. I love the liberal arts, but I also love eating. Business degrees and engineering are employable skills. Not as cool as digging up dinosaurs, but you will make enough money that you can pay rent, eat, and then go dig up dinosaurs on your annual vacations 🙂

EDIT: I used digging up dinosaurs because that was my insult to the physical anthro students in my cohort. In reality, you can have all sorts of cool visits and great experiences. And they offer really cool anthro classes that you can take through professional development funds of your big kid job.

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