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Library Liaison for Anthropology

Need help finding what you need at the library?  Email the McGill library liaison for Anthropology and related topics, Mr. robin [dot] canuel [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Robin Canuel), with questions about finding anthropological literature at McGill or for help with your library research, including bibliographic essays!  He can also be reached by telephone at 514-398-4698.

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Anthropology Students' Association (ASA)

The Anthropology Students' Association (ASA) is comprised of undergraduate students. Visit the ASA website for more information.

Career Planning

CaPS

McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their search for a career following graduation as well as the pursuit of summer internships, part-time jobs and other employment opportunities while studying at McGill.  CaPS hosts on campus recruiting events, job fairs and other career-oriented events year round, in addition to holding regular workshops on career planning and related topics.  They can also help undergraduates with the decision to pursue and apply to graduate school.  You can also visit the Career Resource Centre or set up a meeting with a career counselor who can help with your individual needs.

AAA Career Center

The American Anthropological Association's (AAA) Career Center offers ideas on how to use a degree in anthropology, the academic hiring process, and job seeking tips in addition to academic job opportunities.

Anthropology Job Links

This is a narrow sampling of the available sources for employment in anthropology, developed from the 2012 AAA Annual Meeting Jobs Fair and additional sources collected from graduate students' present and past experience.  McGill does not endorse or promote any of the organizations or references listed below.

General Job Listings

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) maintains a well-organized listing of job opportunities in anthropology in the United States.

ShovelBums maintains an ongoing list of opportunities in archaeology and cultural resource management in the United States.

PreserveNet, run by Cornell, hosts job and internship listings related to historic preservation in the United States.

Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology / L’Association Canadienne D’Anthropologie Physique maintains job listings related specifically to physical anthropology.

Academic Jobs

The Canadian Anthropology Society / la Societé Canadienne d'Anthropologie runs a job search engine for academic anthropology opportunities in Canada.

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) runs an excellent jobs board for anthropology jobs in academia, mostly in the United States.  Visit the Career Center page on their website regularly to search available opportunities.

Government Jobs

The governments of both Canada and the United States employ anthropologists in a variety of sectors.

  • For Canada, visit the government Job Bank to find current employment opportunities.
  • For the United States, visit USA Jobs to set up a search engine that emails you whenever an anthropology job becomes available.
  • The US Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) helps the VA develop innovative solutions to today's healthcare challenges.  They work to improve the quality of healthcare for veterans by examining the effects of the organization, financing and management of healthcare services.  Programs range from clinical research to the dissemination of research results and the application of these findings to clinical, managerial and policy decisions.  Based in Washington, DC. 
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducts medical research to improve health and save lives.  Based in Maryland.
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a 2-year postgraduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals (including medical anthropologists) interested in the practice of epidemiology.  Based in Georgia.

Non-Profit and Private Sector Jobs

Click on the "Career" or "Employment" tabs for the following websites to find out more about job opportunities in the non-profit and private sectors.  Descriptions are drawn directly from the organization or company websites.

  • Deloitte (Canada and USA): A large consulting firm that specializes in innovation and helping government, private and non-profit clients solve their biggest problems.  Dedicated to identifying and exploring emerging opportunities on the edge of business and technology.
  • Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants (USA): Consulting firm that assists cultural resource managers with their public outreach needs and helps them provide the public with accurate, high-quality archaeological and cultural educational resources.  Clients include agencies, organizations, communities and tribes. Based in Oklahoma.
  • SmartRevenue (USA): Consulting firm dedicated to providing the best combination of people, methods and technologies to drive insights, winning strategies and comprehensive cost-effective solutions for businesses and other clients.  "Ethnographic insights" are one of the keystones of their research.  Based in Connecticut, Arkansas, Texas and California.
  • LTG Associates, Inc. (USA): The oldest and largest anthropologically based consulting firm in North America.  They provide clients with customized consultations locally and globally from community program design, monitoring and evaluation to policy research and development.  Although they are based in California and Washington, DC, they work on projects around the world.  
  • Manoff Group (USA): A qualitative research consulting firm that creates and applies innovative strategies and methods for solving problems in health, family planning, nutrition, environment and HIV/AIDS.  Based in Washington, DC.
  • Basin Research Associates (USA): A cultural resource management firm that provides cultural resource research and management expertise to government, industry and individuals throughout California and Nevada.  They specialize in managing and completing small to medium sized archaeological and historic preservation projects.  Associates generally have advanced degrees with expertise in archaeology and related fields.  
  • Asian Women's Shelter (USA): A non-profit that works to eliminate domestic violence by promoting the social, economic and political self-determination of women.  Based in California.
  • RAND Corporation (USA): A non-profit institution that specializes in public policy research, specifically helping to improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.  They work on a range of issues including families, health, environment, aging, technology, security and law.  They hire research assistants, summer associates and communications analysts in addition to full-time researchers.  Based in California, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Museum Jobs

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) maintains a list of job and internship postings from museums of all kinds located throughout the United States.  Postings include curatorial positions but also employment relating to community engagement and outreach.

Literature on Employment in Anthropology

These books can provide some guidance on seeking employment in anthropology, particularly if you are looking outside of academia.

  • Doing Anthropology in Consumer Research by Patricia L. Sunderland and Rita M. Denny, Left Coast Press 2007
  • Advancing Ethnography in Corporate Environments: Challenges and Emerging Opportunities edited by Brigitte Jordan, Left Coast Press 2012
  • The Archaeology Graduate's Guide: From Student to a Career by Carol Ellick and Joe Watso, Left Coast Press 2011