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Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • archaeologist
  • archivist
  • community program coordinator
  • cultural interpreter/consultant
  • cultural resource manager
  • demographer
  • documentary writer/producer
  • employment equity officer
  • ethnographer
  • event planner
  • genealogical researcher
  • human resources professional
  • immigration officer
  • international development program manager
  • journalist/reporter/critic
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • librarian/library technician
  • market research analyst
  • multiculturalism officer
  • museum administrator
  • preservation/restoration specialist
  • public administration/policy analyst
  • public relations coordinator
  • researcher
  • student engagement programmer
  • teacher/professor
  • tourism consultant
  • urban planner
  • volunteer coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • archives/libraries/museums
  • cultural resource organizations
  • government
  • historical societies
  • international businesses
  • international development agencies
  • market research firms
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • parks/historical sites
  • planning and urban design
  • research firms
  • social services agencies

What Our Graduates are Saying

Learn what Anthropology alumni are doing now, and what they thought about the program:

Laurier Grads Are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2021)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

1003 Faculty of Arts Graduates:
  • Employed: 65.6%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 30.9%
  • Other: 1.1%
  • Looking: 2.4%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • community service coordinator
  • ESL teacher
  • field technician
  • intake specialist
  • social media coordinator

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Anthropology, International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, Library and Museum Studies, Speech-Language Pathology.
  • College program: Addictions and Mental Health, International Development, Museum Management, Marketing and Advertising, Human Resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Nursing.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • ethnographer
  • Indigenous special projects coordinator
  • international travel consultant
  • lawyer
  • museum curator
  • social media lead
  • talent acquisition coordiantor
  • urban planner

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a holistic understanding of societal and cultural processes.
  • Situate past and present cultural issues both at the local and global levels.
  • Identify, contrast and compare theoretical positions in anthropology, recognizing the provisional status of knowledge, and build connections between anthropological schools of thought and other disciplinary perspectives.
  • Employ a cross-cultural approach to social, political, economic and religious issues and advocate for cultural diversity and indigenous knowledge.
  • Identify and explain the role of power and social inequities in shaping people’s lives.
  • Manage cross-cultural sensitivity in creating bridges between societies or different social groups who do not share similar worldviews, while being mindful of the limits of one’s agency.
  • Identify, evaluate and employ appropriate qualitative research methodologies such as participant observation and in-depth open-ended interviews.
  • Design, develop and undertake individual ethnographic research projects with human participants.
  • Assess and implement ethical practices in human research and professional contexts.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork 

  • Demonstrate self-awareness and appropriate interpersonal skills in cross-cultural settings, in and out of anthropological research contexts.
  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.


  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills in a range of social and cultural contexts.
  • Assess, prioritize, and strategically apply anthropological skills and knowledge in diverse life situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.