Careers in anthropology

Darcy Matthews in a field
Darcy Mathews (PhD 2014) works with local First Nations in understand the deep history of social and ecological relationships between past peoples and their environments.

What can I do with a degree in anthropology?

With us, you'll gain cross-cultural perspectives that you can apply to any field. Our grads work in education, media, public health and cultural resource management.

You'll learn how to derive and interpret knowledge from artifacts, field research and statistics.

Study of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations has led graduates to work with Indigenous communities and groups.

Some career options for anthropology majors

  • Archaeologist
  • Community or youth worker
  • Cultural impact assessor
  • Filmmaker, photographer and other media-related occupations
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Healthcare/health services
  • International agency representative
  • Library and archive technician
  • Marketing researcher
  • Multiculturalism educator
  • Museum educator/curator
  • Public health educator
  • Social policy research
  • Social service worker
  • Support worker for immigrants and refugees

Additional education and training may be required

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

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Meet our alumni

Aurora Skala

Archaeologist, Archaeologist, Indigenous Knowledge Researcher
Kwusen Research & Media

Aurora works with Indigenous communities, conducting community-based research on traditional knowledge, land use and occupancy. She specializes in traditional ecological knowledge and traditional use and occupancy research in relation to land claims and environmental impact assessments. She also provides documentary video, websites, and web-based mapping services.

Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies - BA with distinction (2013), MA (2015)

Honourable Marion Buller

Provincial Court Judge
British Columbia

Marion was appointed the first woman First Nations judge in BC in 1994 and was appointed as chief commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2016. Among her many accomplishments, she was instrumental in starting the First Nations Court of British Columbia in 2006.

Anthropology - BA (1975), LLB (1987)

Sam Dunn

Film Director, Musician, Anthropologist
Banger Films Inc.

Sam Dunn is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the co-founder of Banger Films. From UVic, he went on to earn his master's degree in Anthropology at York University, then embarked on his first documentary film, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005), which won a Gemini Award for best writing in a documentary. He co-directed the biggest-ever TV series on the history of heavy metal, Metal Evolution, which reached #1 on VH1 Classic and MuchMoreMusic, and co-directed the Peabody Award-winning series Hip-Hop Evolution. Read more

Anthropology - BA (1998)

Genevieve von Petzinger

Anthropologist
Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria

As a Master's student in UVic's Department of Anthropology, von Petzinger cracked a startling symbolic code carved on prehistoric cave walls. She has compiled a database of 5,000 geometric shapes, lines and squiggles from 146 Ice Age caves in France and garnered global attention. In 2011, von Petzinger was named a TEDGlobal Fellow.

Anthropology - BA, MA, PhD (in progress)

Nicole Crescenzi

Associate Producer, On the Island / All Points West
CBC Radio One

Nicole has always been interested in people and their stories. As an Associate Producer for CBC Radio One in Victoria, she seeks out stories that will resonate with the Canadian public. Along with researching and pitching these stories to producers, her role includes preparing interviews, doing news breaks and audio editing. 

Anthropology and Professional Writing - BA (2013)

Diana Cooper

Archaeological Site Inventory Information and Data Administrator
Archaeology Branch, Government of British Columbia

Diana has worked in the field of archaeology in a variety of locations in BC, California, Australia and the Northern Marianas Islands. "My degree gave me a variety of skills including analytical thinking, map reading and writing. My studies provided a thorough background in the prehistory of the province of British Columbia, and of other peoples and cultures of the world, which has been useful in my career."

Anthropology - BA (1991)

Jenny Shaw

Education and Employment Counsellor
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society

"My degree provided me with a strong theoretical background in the concepts of culture and inequality which I apply in my job every day. My focus on the anthropology of children and youth also provided me tools to think about the diverse ways in which childhood is practiced and negotiated transnationally. My degree also gave me a strong set of methodological tools and ethics for working with diverse groups of youth and has enabled me to become a full-time youth worker with an amazing job at a local non-profit."

Anthropology - BA (2007), MA (2010)

Nareena Switlo

Co-Founder/COO
Naledo Foods and Beverages

Nareena grew up in Vancouver, B.C. Her passion for learning about different cultures led her to a career in International Development. She has served as a program advisor and leadership facilitator focused on holistic approaches to development. She has worked with innovative organizations in Zanzibar, Kenya, Ghana, and India. Her passions have led her to co-found Naledo, a social enterprise that aims to tackle some of our most pressing global issues. She loves to inspire youth to learn about the world and become global citizens. 

Anthropology - BA (2009)

Devon Bidal

Multimedia Journalist
Saanich News and Black Press Media

Devon joined Saanich News as a Multimedia Journalist in June 2019. She covers news relating to Saanich and Greater Victoria. Bidal studied Biological Anthropology and Journalism at the University of Victoria and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. She started her career in journalism as a volunteer and then a senior staff writer at The Martlet, UVic's independent newspaper. Her work has also been published in The Martlet, Monday Magazine, Black Press Media papers across B.C. and in the first volume of the Anthology of Social Justice and Intersectional Feminisms. 

Anthropology - BSc with distinction (2019)