Post # 1
So, I’m currently snailing my way through school because I work 40 hours and have other things going on. I’m at a community college type place now. I need to pick a major. Holy cheese.
I am totally in love with anthropology.
That being said, I don’t know how practical it is to major in it. I’m really into physical anthro, rather than cultural.
Biology is another route I’m considering, but I am really concerned about all the math and chem. The other requirements seem fun.
So please help me sort out my life. Can you please share what sexy job you have if you have an anthro degree, or your experiences in the field?
Should I major in bio and minor in anthro? It seems safer. I really want to take every anthro class I can though, because it’s really the most fun I’ve ever had in any sort of class. I’m looking through a list of classes at my local state school and I literally want to take every single one listed under biological anthro.
- ANTH 301: Human Fossils and Evolution (4)
- ANTH 302: Biological Basis of Sex Differences (4)
- ANTH 303: Human Behavioral Ecology (4)
- ANTH 305: Topics in Biological Anthropology (4)
- ANTH 313: Primate Behavioral Ecology (4)
- ANTH 315: Forensic Anthropology Theory & Practice (4)
Those all look like so much fun. I just don’t know how easy it would be to actually USE that incredibly fun degree.
Please help, I’m going through a mid-twenties crisis!!
Post # 2
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
Cimmenting to follow, as I am finishing my PhD in anthropology and want to start job hunting soon…
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 9
Good insight. A lot of what is being said is kind of what I was afraid of.
What if I skew somewhere into genetics? I have no idea how to veer that way. I do have a major problem with animal testing as well, so I’m worried about some of the ways that could take me.
Another totally off interest is conservation/zoology.
This is all very helpful, as websites regarding anthro jobs are usually along the lines of “You can do anything because anthropologists are the coolest!!!! It applies to anything everrrrrr =D” Which is like, uhm, it sort of applies to some things. But why wouldn’t they hire someone with a more specific degree…?
This thread has been more helpful than the college counselors like “You should just do what you think is right! Here is a list of courses.” or the websites that all say “This is soooooo fun, just do whatever and it will work out.”