What do LSE Anthropology students do?

In 2014/15, 88.66% of leavers from the Department of Anthropology were in employment, completing further study or doing something else six months after graduation.

Anthropology graduates are able to apply the skills they have developed at LSE in a wide range of different contexts. Common occupations for Anthropology graduates include policy, research and communications roles within:

The median starting salary of graduates from the Anthropology department working full time in the UK was £23,000 in 2014/15.  

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Anthropology degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

View Department of Anthropolgy graduate profiles.

Employability skills

Anthropologists are equipped with a portfolio of skills which employers in all sectors look for. In its study of people and cultures the scope of anthropology is unusually broad. An understanding of how cultures function in an increasingly multi-cultural and multi-ethnic world is a skill that can be applied in almost any career area. Whilst only a minority of anthropology graduates will go into careers that make direct use of their anthropological knowledge, many will go into careers which utilise some of the skills they have gained from their studies.

Typical career areas that anthropologists enter include social research, development work, health work, social work, education, media and a range of commercial functions.

Specific skills gained from studying Anthropology at LSE include:

  • Cross cultural awareness: the ability to see the world from a variety of different perspectives
  • Group work skills: the ability to engage in constructive discussion in group situations and have an awareness of how to perform effectively in group situations
  • Advanced critical thinking: being able to critically examine information before accepting it
  • Ability to translate abstract ideas whilst bearing in mind everyday practicalities
  • Research skills: an understanding and knowledge of using methods of social and spatial analysis and research techniques which form the foundation for final year independent work