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Practicing Anthropology
Career Resource Center

NAPA’s Practicing Anthropology Career Resource Center provides a range of multi-media information and resources about preparing for,  building, and changing careers in anthropology. This includes dozens of interviews with anthropological practitioners, audio recordings of career-related NAPA sessions,  not to mention extensive career mentoring and listings for  jobs, internships and volunteer positions. It represents one of the most comprehensive online resources for those considering a career or career change in the practice of anthropology. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can visit often to review the latest resources.

10-minute career interviews with seven anthropologists working in very different positions and contexts, from BAs to PhDs.

Podcasts: Conversations with 16 practitioner anthropologists about what they do, how they got started, and how anthropology relates to their work.

NAPA Sessions:
From the 2015 AAA Meeting: Listen to three sessions on practice, including a roundtable on issues for mid-career practitioners.
From the 2014 AAA Meeting: Listen to three sessions on practice, including a discussion on the present and future of practice, and two sessions on working as an anthropologist in the National Capital Region.

Interviews: Brief interviews with 16 practicing anthropologists, working in the private sector (e.g., Deloitte, IMB), the Federal Government (e.g., BLM, Park Service), for consulting firms (e.g., LTG Associates), and as independent consultants.


  • Mentoring Program (information for undergrads to professionals, with FAQs and other useful information)
  • Mentor Match Form (for those seeking a mentor)
  • Mentoring FAQs (Dozens of  answers to the most frequently asked questions of NAPA mentors, including undergraduate and graduate scenarios, and applying to graduate school)


  • Career Development (job hunting strategies, resume writing, career development, career shifting, consulting, and career resource links)
  • AnthroJobs: See our AnthroJobs blog for weekly postings with jobs of interesting to anthropologists. Posts are mirrored on the main NAPA website blog page as well as the LinkedIn page.
  • AnthroCurrents: NAPA’s AnthroCurrents blog shows a range of areas in which anthropologists work and appear in the popular press. Find it every other Tuesday on our blog page.
  • Position Listings (employment directory, volunteer/internships, and field schools)

You can also look at the “Practicing Anthropology” page to learn more about what practicing and applied anthropologists do, or read through a 2009 career survey to explore what MA anthropologists do and how they got there.



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