Anthropology and archaeology graduate destinations
Anthropology or Archaeology and Anthropology students develop a wide range of skills from their academic studies, including teamwork, verbal and written communication, digital and IT skills, numeracy and data skills, problem solving, independent thinking and time management, which are transferable to various sectors, from business and finance to public and not-for-profit sectors.
Data obtained from
- Anthropology (BA)
- Archaeology and Anthropology (BA)
- Graduates from the UK
Responses were received from 25 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 45.5%
|Most important activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Paid work for an employer||72%|
|Running my own business||0%|
|Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio||4%|
|Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer||4%|
|Engaged in a course of study, training or research||16%|
|Taking time out to travel||0%|
|Caring for someone||0%|
|Unemployed and looking for work||0%|
|Doing something else||4%|
The skills and strengths developed by Anthropology and Archaeology graduates could be applicable in a range of sectors including academia and education, public sector, charity, international development, heritage, conservation, health, social work, marketing, business and finance.
Those who wish to work as an Archaeologist need to ensure that their vocationally specific skills, such as excavation methods, surveying, and recording techniques, are kept up-to-date and supervisory skills are developed order to progress. It is important to build a network of contacts, particularly in the early years of a career when employment contracts are often short-term.
|Employment sector||Number of graduates|
Other social work activities
Public order and safety activities
Organisation of conventions and trade shows
Employers and occupations
Some careers, such as some in the Archaeology sector, may require a postgraduate qualification. Other graduates choose to enter careers that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.
Examples of employers
- Wessex Archaeology
- North Hertfordshire District Council
- Future Insights Network
- Hargreaves Lansdown
- Home Office
Examples of occupations
- Museum Local Authority Officer
- Digital Marketing Executive
- Freelance Copywriter
- Commercial Finance Analyst
|Qualification type||Percentage of graduates|
Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)
Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)
Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)
Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)
|Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above||0%|
|Not aiming for a formal qualification||0%|
Explore your career options
You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?
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