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I really want to study Anthropology in college, but I'm scared there aren't any careers that degree fits with that I would actually enjoy. How flexible is an Anthropology degree and would I have many job options with that degree?

I'm asking because I don't know what to major in. #degree #anthropology

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Emmi’s Answer

Hi Alyssa! This is a great question. While I do not have an anthropology degree, I do have a degree in Sociology, and have found that has been extremely valuable to me. I now work in technology as an ethicist and a privacy expert, and my experience in social science has made me much, much better at my job.

I am also discovering that many businesses, especially those evolving quickly like information technology, find it very valuable to incorporate multiple perspectives and backgrounds (the company that I work for has an anthropologist on staff!) so that the products are more broadly appealing, and appropriate for multiple audiences.

If you have a passion for social science, there are tons of applications for it out there. Good luck!


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Tyler’s Answer

Anthropology is a very flexible degree that is becoming increasingly valued by businesses around the world to help solve tough challenges. At its core, anthropology is about understanding humans in all of their complexity. Businesses that develop that kind of deep understanding of humans and their behaviors have a major competitive advantage.

https://blog.americananthro.org/2018/02/09/business-is-booming-for-business-anthropology/

I studied anthropology in school and now work in a software company as a User Experience Researcher. I spend my days trying to understand what our customers do and then work with designers and engineers to make our customers dreams become reality. Many of my friends from school work in the private sector in just about every field imaginable (television, healthcare, retail, software, fashion design, and many others).

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