Anthropology

Anthropology is about the origins and development of humans and their (our!) cultures.

Studying in this area involves learning about human evolution and the development of ancient, historical and contemporary societies.

This may include archaeology, which is about recovering and analysing artifacts and other evidence of human existence.

Anthropology is also about different cultures, forms of organisation and communication.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

The word "anthropology" comes from two Greek words: "anthropos", meaning "human", and "logos", meaning "thought" or "reason".

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Historian
  • Business anthropologist
  • Development agency worker
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Museum worker
  • History teacher
  • Social studies teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

142% of national
median earnings


Employment

67%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
23%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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