Sexy Anthropologists all over the world must unite in global awareness of our dashingly good looks and witty, unparalleled brilliance.
When you think about it, the media generally portrays anthropologists as being quite attractive… must be the intelligence, everyone says that is sexy.
It’s true. It got intimidating for me in some classes because all the anthropology majors are frickin’ hot.
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I actually get this question ALL the time. It’s always frustrating to me to see undergrads being discouraged by their family, friends and the media. On the other hand, I understand that anthropology isn’t always the most stable career and everyone just wants you guys to succeed!
In terms on those yahoo articles, it’s total bullshit. Those lists don’t often understand all of the jobs that anthropologists can apply for, and often know nothing about the diversity of the discipline. For starters, anthropologist grads aren’t limited to just being an academic. If we were, none of us would have jobs! Being an academic, is sort of like being a musician; not many people can hack it, and even if you have moderate success you aren’t likely to be a rich and famous rock-star (The Leakeys, Kathy Reichs etc).
Socio-cultural anthropology is great for getting jobs in large businesses and corporations because as anthropologists, we study human behaviour. It’s amazing the kinds of things you can do, when you create your own job and market yourself to clients.
As someone who is leaning towards forensic anth or paleo arch I do caution you that finding a job outside of academia in those SPECIFIC sub-fields may be difficult because they’re pretty popular as majors, and there aren’t a whole lot of real jobs. Forensic anthropology in particular has become SO popular in the last decade, but most police or coroner services just share one forensic anth or pathologist between a few cities, because they aren’t often needed. I do have friends who have worked on some big profile cases, when they happen (things like the Pickton Murders, or someone faking their death and burning down an airplane hanger) but these jobs were volunteer work and rarely happen. Serial killers just aren’t that common! If you lived in a country with a grim history of genocide or political killings (ie. South America) you might be able to get a job if you beat everyone else out for it. Many South American countries have their own autonomous forensic teams who are trying to gather evidence against perpetrators of mass extra-judicial killings (google the recent amazing victories in Guatemala by the FAFG).
Paleo arch is not reaaally something that there are jobs for in North America, if by paleo you mean what most people mean (European paleolithic). You could in theory work for a museum, but with the recession museum jobs are more competitive. If you are interested in North American prehistory then you are in luck still! In fact, it doesn’t really matter what kind of archaeology you majored in, although being a North Americanist helps. CRM (Cultural Resource Management) is going through a boom in Canada and is fairly common is most of the US as well. Working for an archaeological consulting firm, or ground engineering company as an archaeological consultant can be quite lucrative and also fun! It’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years. In Canada, a consultant can make anywhere from $35-90,000/ a year depending where you work, and how often you work. Of course there are exceptions to this, but sufficient to say I am quite comfortable with my salary.
The most important thing to do is study hard and really learn. Become friendly with your professors and TAs and build connections with them. You need these people to like you! Get lots of experience, and volunteer for a variety of academic/field/lab projects to get work experience early on. And lastly, decide the kind of job that YOU want and figure out how an anthropology degree is going to help you get it. Work towards that goal and don’t ever, ever, ever give up!
I hope this sort of answers you question! I love being an archaeologist, even though I am going back to school and plan on a Phd.
Another thing to think about is the fact that you probably won’t get an anthropology job right after graduating. That’s okay. Unless you have really good connections, it’s going to be hard to get an ANTH job straight out of undergrad.
That’s the place I’m in right now. Trying to weasel my way into my field by taking jobs that are successively more and more anthropology-related.
And actually, if you do a field school in archaeology at some point, you can likely get a job doing archaeological grunt work. If you want to do more than that, though, you’ll probably need a Masters. Most ANTH jobs require a Masters or a PhD. But if that’s what you’re interested in and that’s what you want to do, I think it’s better to study what you’re interested in and then see how you can apply it practically to the job market.
Then again, you could not just study anthropology and instead study something specific that you know there is demand for, and then take some ANTH classes on the side. Or get a minor in anthropology.
Mansplaining through the ages…
I am in a labor studies class and one recent reading was about washerwomen in the 1800s. This was one of the few ways that women were able to start their own businesses and make money for themselves, and they had created networks of information and skill sharing amongst themselves. However, once these businesses started getting larger and more mechanized, the men started to take notice and published weekly newsletters directed only towards men, “creating” business plans and discussing amazing “new” innovations in laundry services, which of course these women had been doing for many years. The women continued to dominate much of the laundry business because of course, none of these ‘discoveries’ were actually anything new. I wrote my weekly paper that week about how great it would have been if these women had had access to tumblr, and comparing them to an 1800s mansplaining. I got an A.
Anthropology of Mansplaining. I would take that class.
Dan and I giving our best supervisory direction we can possibly muster. :) #archaeology #fortcaswell
Oh man, I really want to be back in the field again. Need to ask my former advisor for a contact that I lost, though. I feel kind of embarrassed to do so.
Oh, no big deal guys, but I found an obsidian scraper…
Why is this a big deal, you might ask? The closest source of obsidian is Mount Edziza and it is ~700km away. We don’t often find this material type in the North East. Even more so, no one I know has ever found anything other than obsidian flakes. I found a tool! It’s hard to tell but it has great retouch and use-wear on it. Best. Day. EVER.
What a fantastic find! Congrats!
Shit Anthropologist Say When Going Through The Anthro Tag
Okay, so franzboas dared me to make a video in the style of all the recent “Shit ______ Say” videos specifically for anthropologists who are going through the Anthropology Tag. I hope you are entertained.
Ugh, sorry you all had to find out how gross your mod looks on a Sunday night.
I think its time to bring this back…
Over the weekend, a group of local tribes in Brazil occupied and successfully suspended work at the Bele Monte Dam construction site. It’s the second time this month construction on the country’s largest infrastructure project (an estimated $14.4 billion) has been halted by local opposition.
Critics of the dam are concerned it would cause evironmental damage and harm local residents’ quality of life.
Of the country’s 48 planned dams, 30 are in the rainforest.
Oftentimes I don’t reblog stuff about indigenous resistance because the sheer amount of injustice that indigenous people face depresses me. But this is a victory!
- What people say: Religion is unnecessary and backwards, people should just embrace science and logic.
- What they actually mean: Christianity is unpopular, how can we further institutionalise seemingly 'neutral' euro-centric norms and values?