Careers in Anthropology: What ASU Graduates Have Done with a Degree in Anthropology


The anthropology curriculum prepares the student for a wide range of careers in human service fields, for example, in health fields, public administration, environmental services, counseling, government, planning, contract archaeology, education, museums, community development, legal services, work with immigrants, international agencies, forensics, and international business. In addition, students may seek graduate work for preparation as professional anthropologists specializing in archeology, linguistics, social/cultural and physical anthropology. Here is an example of the types of jobs that our students have landed after graduation:

Examples of what our anthropology graduates have done after leaving Appalachian State University

  • International Development Specialist, Solve, MIT
  • Mental Health Therapist, Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare 
  • Associate Director of Family Support Services at Carolina Youth Development Center
  • Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Assistant Director of International Programming at Southeast Missouri State University
  • Educational Director of the Dental Assisting Training School of South Carolina
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Le Moyne University
  • Executive Director of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign
  • Medical Examiner Specialist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for North Carolina
  • Owner of Pod Box, Hickory, NC
  • Assistant Professor at Eastern New Mexico University
  • Staff Archaeologist for Statistical Research, Inc.
  • Archaeological Field Technician at Gibbs Environmental Research Consulting
  • Assistant Language Teacher at Takinishi High School in Japan
  • Instructor of Archaeology at Duke University TIP
  • Associate Professor at Eastern Tennessee State University
  • Assistant Teacher and After School Leader at Pathways Montessori School of Boone
  • Researcher in Biological and Human Computation at the University of New Mexico
  • Part Time Ranger and Assistant to Park Archaeologist at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
  • Professional Photographer
  • Archaeologist at Rheinishes Landesmuseum Trier, Germany
  • Citizen Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Public Relations Director for the Historic Society of Wilmington, NC
  • Field Crew Supervisor for Archaeology at R.C. Goodwin & Associates in New Orleans, LA
  • Documentarian with Non-Profit Organization for underprivileged women in Darjeeling and Calcutta, India
  • Community Health Research Coordinator for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California
  • High School English Teacher in Burlington, NC
  • Rural Health Instructor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • U.S. Agency for International Development in Afghanistan
  • Landscape Historian and Guide at the Tuckahoe Plantation in Virginia
  • Market Research Analyst with U.S. Pharmacopeia
  • Consultant for the World Bank
  • Conservator for the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project, N.C. Office of State Archaeology
  • GIS and Mapping Consultant for USAID and the World Food Program of the United Nations
  • Archaeologist with N.C. Department of Transportation
  • Cultural Resource Specialist with the University of Alabama Museums at Moundville
  • Principal of Newton-Conover High School
  • Director of the Phillips Leadership Institute at Catawba Valley Community College 
  • Sociologist at North Carolina State University Center for Family & Community Engagement
  • Historian/Curator at President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
  • Staff Archaeologist at the Savannah River Archaeological Resesarch Program, University of South Carolina Institute of Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the University of Memphis
  • Instructor of Anthropology & Archaeology at Wake Technical Community College
  • Instructor of Geography at Chattanooga Girls Leandership Academy
  • Teaching Assistant of Archaeology at the University of New Mexico
  • Americas Program Intern, The Carter Center in Atlanta, GA
  • Instructor at Teach for America
  • Instructor at Ressum International School & the International School of Vantaa
  • Head Librarian at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaurete School, Hawaii
  • Vintner at Waldensian Heritage Wines
  • Historian/Archaeologist at the Lincoln County Museum of History
  • Field Archaeologist at Allegeny National Forest
  • Field Archaeologist at The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
  • Field Archaeologist at Alexander Archaeology Consultants
  • Artist & Educator at Signature Studio, Morganton
  • Research Assistant the the William Webb Museum of Anthropology, University of Kentucky
  • Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey
  • Archaeologist at TRC Environmental, Chapel Hill
  • Field Archaeologist at New South Associates
  • Field Archaeologist at James River Institute for Archaeology
  • Archaeologist at Blue Ridge Archaeological Consultants
  • Field Archaeologist at Stantec
  • Archaeologist at Camp Ravensford
  • Geophysics Expert at Cultural Resources Analysts
  • GIS Specialist at AECOM Technology
  • GIS Coordinator at Coastal Carolina Research
  • GIS Specialist at aWhere 
  • GIS Specialist at Sunbelt Rentals
  • Scientist III at AMEC
  • Fluid Logging & Analsis Engineer at Schlumberger
  • Owner/Potter of New Salem Pottery
  • Owner of Village Craftsmen & Wayfarer, Ocracoke
  • Owner of Language On
  • Office Manager at Professional Homestaging & Design, Cary/Raleigh
  • Technician at Rhino Assembly
  • Technician at Water Resources, City of Greensboro
  • Acupuncturist at The Heart Nest
  • Worker at Hauiki Organic Farm
  • Staff Member, Amer Sports
  • English as Foreign Language Teacher, South Korea
  • Executive Director of the Highland County Museum, McDowell, Virginia
  • Program Specialist, Marbles Kids' Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Teacher of Economics, Civics, & History at Howard High School, Chattanooga, TN
  • Archaeologist, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Archaeologist, South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Archaeological Crew Chief, University of New Mexico Office of Contract Archaeology
  • Archaeologist, Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A & M University
  • Archaeologist, U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico
  • Geospatial Analyst & Instructor, Department of Geography, UNC-Pembroke
  • Geospatial Technology Director/Producer, VerySpatial, Morgantown
  • GIS Analyst, City of Asheville
  • Web Editor, University of California Office of the President
  • Field Archaeologist, Exploring Joara Foundation, Berry Site, Warren Wilson College
  • Biological Science Technician, Padre Island National Seashore, National Park Service
  • Project Scientist at Environmental Services, Inc., Raleigh
  • Photographer/Videographer, The Learning Tea, Atlanta
  • Employee Benefits Advisor, Russ Blakely & Associates, Chattanooga, TN
  • Head Librarian at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate School, Hawai'i
  • Emergency Medical Technician, American Medical Response, Colorado
  • Vascular Ultrasound Technologist at SonoNetworks
  • Rolfing/Structural Integration Practitioner, Asheville
  • Owner – New England Flavored Water
  • Farmer, Sunshine Cove Farm, Vilas
  • Vintner at Waldensian Heritage Wines
  • Education and Outreach at Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville
  • Owner and Contractual Creative Director & Animator at Arc Viz Digital
  • Archaeologist at Cultural Resources Management Program, Fort Bragg
  • Field Archaeologist, Allendale Paleoamerican Expedition at the Topper site
  • Librarian at Ashe County Library
  • Service Desk Analyst at Red Hat
  • Director of Aboriginal/Native Studies at the Schiele Museum
  • Owner/Educator – Turtle Island Preserve
  • Archaeologist III, Brockington and Associates, CRM, Elizabethtown, KY
  • Owner/Designer at LoupBelle and Marketing Director/Antique Jewelry Consultant at Dana's Fine Jewelry
  • Public Outreach Organizer with the North Carolina Conservation Network
  • Logistics Coordinator, Clinton Global Initiative in New York, NY
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Oregon University
  • Consultant, HistoryIT

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The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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