What do LSE Anthropology students do?

In 2012/13 91% of undergraduate leavers and 90% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Anthropology were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just 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:

  • local and national government
  • Charities and development NGOs
  • advertising, marketing and PR
  • the media

The average starting salary of graduates from the Anthropology department in 2012/13 was £22,300 for undergraduates, and £34,600 for postgraduates.

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

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Jimmy Tam

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BSc Social Anthropology, LSE, 2006Assistant Producer, BBC

Vanessa Aarons

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Anthropology, 2008Trainee Solicitor, Herbert Smith

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  
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