Applied anthropology is a hybrid career

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I’m increasingly thinking that applied anthropologists are professional hybrids. Anthropology alone will not lead to an explicitly anthropological career outside of academic environments. Companies don’t look for anthropologists as standalone professionals. They want UX researchers, HR professionals, content writers, educators, designers etc and if those individuals come with an anthropology qualification then that’s great.

We need to be anthropologists plus something else – such as project managers, consultants, designers or policy makers. Therefore, we need to find industries that compliment our skillsets and are in demand in order for anthropology to gain serious momentum in applied settings. The great thing about this is that it makes for very interesting combinations for the individual, client/ customer and employer.


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