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 activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 72%
Self-employment/freelancing 0%
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%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 0%
Doing something else 4%

Sector information

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 sectorNumber of graduates

Other social work activities


Public order and safety activities


Museums 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
  • Archaeologist
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Freelance Copywriter
  • Commercial Finance Analyst

Further study

Qualification typePercentage 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)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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