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A degree in anthropology provides a unique perspective and opens the door for many job opportunities. Anthropologists are employed in academic, medical, corporate, government, and non-profit careers doing a variety of work.

To complement UVM’s Career Center’s services, anthropology department faculty provide students with individual advising. We also offer ANTH 205 Senior Proseminar in Anthropopgy, which is designed to be taken in conjunction with any 200-level class. This capstone pro-seminar in Anthropology provide a forum to build and package anthropological skill sets and to identify, explore, and plan for your future educational and career opportunities.


Filmmaking with an Anthropological Lens

Tyler Wilkinson-Ray in the field

A typical day at the office for commercial filmmaker and UVM anthropology grad Tyler Wilkinson-Ray ’13 might involve standing in knee-deep snow on a 40 degree slope while steadying a video camera in subzero temperatures. “You can find a lot of people with nice equipment and an education in filmmaking who don’t necessarily know how to tell a story,” he says. “You can learn how to use equipment by watching tutorials and just experimenting. What’s harder is to create convincing narratives. The social science background I had at UVM was essential to that.”

Exploring Healing Practices in Africa

Matthew Claeys visits Ghana

Matthew Claeys ’11 recently graduated with an M.A. in African Studies from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Matthew was awarded the Kwame Nkrumah Award for Top Performing Student in his class. His research focuses on the perceptions and treatment of mental health in Ghana. For his original research Matthew won a Air Maroc Student Travel Award from the African Studies Association of America, with which he spent time in Morocco and the Western Sahara.

Where do anthropologists work?

Today's anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists can be found in a surprising array of fields and careers. Anthropologists can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions and non-profit associations. Find out more from the American Anthropology Association and this Pearson Education site.

After graduating from UVM, I worked with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation under the National Park Service as their Cultural Resource Stewardship Assessment (CRSA) Associate.

Cultural Resource Stewardship Assessments (CRSAs) began as a service-wide initiative in 2016 with the goal of assessing and ascertaining the knowledge and physical condition of national park cultural resources and their overall health. The CRSA also provides park mangers with reliable assessments and reports on their park’s current conditions, critical data gaps, and selected condition influences for the cultural resources within the park. Basically, the CRSA provides a baseline that will guide park managers in decision-making and investments to improve resource knowledge and conditions in the next century of National Park Stewardship.

My role at the Olmsted Center involved leading park and regional discussion concerning the park and its resources while simultaneously writing a report that documented the park’s concerns and basic knowledge of its resources.

With my time at the Olmsted Center coming to an end, I am pleased to announce I have accepted a position within the National Park Service as a Museum Technician at the Northeast Museum Services Center in Boston.

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