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Studying with the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies gives you a wide choice of career paths. Our graduates find employment in many areas of the public, private and non-government sectors.

During the course of your studies with the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies you will develop a range of analytical and practical skills. Studies in both Anthropology and Development Studies provides a sound skills base that is applicable to a wide variety of jobs. A number of our students have become practicing anthropologists and others have gone on to work for national and international development agencies.

Potential careers include:

  • Museums, native title and land claims negotiations, heritage consultancies (conducting research on histories and cultures of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities
  • A wide range of Federal and State Government Departments interested in social impacts, social exclusion and equality
  • Private consultancies (i.e. research for natural resource companies on the social impact of large scale projects, developing better work environments, cultural change management and community development)
  • Overseas development, NGO, bilateral and multilateral aid organisations
  • Australian social and community sector
  • Politics (social policy advisors, research and planning)
  • Medical/health sector (focusing on health issues for specific cultural groups, the relationship between physical/mental health and the socio-cultural environment)
Department of Anthropology
& Development Studies

Ground Floor, Napier Building


T: +61 8 8313 5730