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Careers

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 (2019)

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

9 Anthropology Graduates:
  • Employed: 22.2%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 77.8%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • community service coordinator
  • ESL teacher
  • field technician
  • insurance service broker
  • recruiter

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Anthropology, International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, Library and Museum Studies, Professional Communication.
  • College program: Business Management, International Development, Museum Management, Human Resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Nursing.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • community engagement coordinator
  • ethnographer
  • indigenous special projects coordinator
  • international travel consultant
  • lawyer
  • museum curator
  • social and public historian
  • 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.

Communication

  • 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.