Develop skills to enable you to explore origin, development and functioning of human societies and cultures.

Anthropologists work in different communities to gather and analyse information on social and cultural behaviour, artefacts, language and biology of groups and societies which they are studying collect, identify, date, protect and preserve indigenous artefacts, material possessions and other objects of anthropological interest.

The major employers of Anthropologists are universities, museums and government departments concerned with Aboriginal welfare and Native Title, immigration and ethnic affairs, multiculturalism and social services.
In addition to these areas, you could also be employed by development and conservation organisations, including United Nations agencies and other non-government organisations. There are also opportunities for graduates with a background in anthropology to work as secondary teachers while a smaller number of graduates are employed by universities as part-time tutors while they seek to gain postgraduate qualifications.
A growing number of positions are available at Aboriginal Land Council offices, or in research relating to Native Title claims and heritage clearance. Positions are advertised in government gazettes, newspapers, professional journals and on various websites. In recent times, there has been an increase in anthropological consultancy work funded by both government and private industry and a number of anthropological and/or archaeological companies have been formed.

Source: myFuture


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Study pathways

The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.

  1. Undergraduate

  2. This course is required to pursue this career.

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  4. Postgraduate

    Postgraduate study is generally required for this occupation.

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  5. Research

    Research study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

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Graduate profile

Helen Trinca

Senior Writer and Editor, The Australian

I loved my time studying Anthropology at UWA in the late 1960s. Every lecture and tutorial was an opportunity to learn something more about the extraordinary differences - and the extraordinary similarities - between humans.

My third year dissertation was on personal space and I have never forgotten how that changed my views of culture and society. As a journalist, I have often been grateful for the broad perspective that the study of anthropology gave me.

I have worked in senior reporting and editing roles in Australian journalism, including a stint as The Australian's London correspondent.

As workplace writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, I co-authored (with Anne Davies) the definitive history of one of the nation's biggest industrial disputes, the 1988 docks battle. The book, Waterfront: The Battle that Changed Australia was published in 2000.

I also co-authored (with Catherine Fox) Better than sex: How a whole generation got hooked on work, published in 2004.

I was the founding editor of the business, management and ideas magazine, BOSS magazine which is part of The Australian Financial Review. I edited BOSS for seven years before returning in 2007 to The Australian to edit the paper's Weekend Australian Magazine - the popular Saturday colour magazine. I am now a senior writer and editor on the main newspaper.