Careers and Outcomes

There are SO many things you can do with a degree in anthropology or sociology! But, how do you begin? Where do you start? Do you want to work for social justice? Help people? Do you like to work with children? Would you prefer to do research?

Our goal is to help you find a focus for your passion.

To help you find the job that is right for you, we developed an active list of organizations that typically hire sociology and anthropology students and graduates. These lists are not exhaustive, and will be added to over time. Note that there may not be openings within an organization at any given time, but it should not stop you from visiting the website again to see what else may be available. There may be other exciting opportunities waiting for you to consider.

Here is your TO DO list as you begin your search:

  • DO start preparing for your future today! (Don’t wait until graduation);
  • DO think about the type of work that interests you (e.g., helping people vs. doing research);
  • DO consider the kind of population you want to work with (e.g., children or older adults);
  • DO research the qualification requirements for the position that interests you in an organization; and
  • DO explore the positions and departments within that organization that works closely with your interests and qualifications;
  • DO look NOW for available internships, volunteer opportunities, or entry level positions you can do while working on your degree. It’s a great way to build your resume as well as network. Find out more by visiting: Internship Opportunities in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology;
  • DO contact an alum who works in an organization you are interested in, and/or your field of interest to learn more;
  • DO speak with the MSU Career Center, your advisor, or call the department office at 417-836-5640.

Keep in mind that the earlier you begin doing the things on this list, the more likely it is that you will be able to find work that interests you when you complete college. Don't wait! Do it now!

Jobs have been categorized into the following areas:

  • Careers in Advocacy and Social Change
  • Careers in Human Services and Non-Profit Management
  • Careers in Social Research
  • Careers in Archaeology.

Please keep in mind that the organizations may have positions that are not listed on this site, and that the organization may not have any open positions at this time.

Careers in Advocacy and Social Change

Do you want to change the world?

You are not alone! Many of us go into the sociology and anthropology fields to become a force for social change. The short list below provides examples of ways to become involved in careers that promote social change. As you look through this list, there are some things you will want to consider when planning for your career:

  • Be prepared to do research in your field of interest, and a LOT of it. If your passion is racial inequality, you will need to structure your class schedules to include as many courses in race and ethnicity as you are allowed.
  • Consider a minor in diversity studies or a related field to broaden your marketability for jobs in human development.
  • To get your foot in the door, an internship is a MUST.
  • You must be willing to go where the job is: generally a larger city. Since much of social change is done through federal legislation, Washington, D.C. is a likely destination.
  • Remember, that this list isn’t comprehensive, and you should be proactive in your search for the career you want, and explore other opportunities in the places you want to live, and work. One example is a database of social change organizations from Good Works (
Organization Types of Positions* Location Mission Website

Amnesty International

Associate Field Organizer (BA/BS & exp)

San Francisco, CA

Human rights

Coalition for the Homeless

Child Advocate, Crisis Intervention Program (BA/BS)

New York, NY

Homeless advocacy


Campaigns Associate, Poverty & Homelessness (exp)

New York, NY

Young people & social change


Frontline Street Representative (no degree required, exp)


Frontline Door Representative (no degree required, exp)


National Canvass Director (no degree required, exp)

Multiple Locations

Environmental organization

Help At Home, Inc 

 Direct Support Professionals Springfield, MO

Supporting individuals with disabilities living in the community, attaining independence, and achieving personal goals


Correspondence Coordinator (AA & exp)

Baltimore, MD

Equality, eliminating race-based discrimination

Sierra Club

Associate Organizing Representative (BA/BS & exp)

Seattle, WA

Environmental Organization

The Innocence Project

State Policy Advocate (BA/BS)

New York, NY

Criminal justice reform


Family Advocate (BA/BS)


Family Outreach Worker (BA/BS)

St. Louis, Mo

Eliminating racism, empowering women

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Careers in Human Services and Non-Profit Management

Non-profit organizations offer a wide range of jobs in sociology and anthropology. Working in this field will involve working with culturally diverse individuals to help them achieve their goals. You may also find a job in human services as a case manager, or in an administrative position such as recruiting, or as a manager of programs or facilities. Careers in Human Services and Non-Profit Management cover a wide range of fields including:

  • Criminal justice,
  • Health care,
  • Gerontology,
  • And youth services

Please keep the following in mind:

  • Jobs in the areas listed above may not require a degree or license in social work; however, the functions of the positions, in many cases, are the same.
  • An undergraduate degree may not be required to qualify for any of the positions listed, but a degree will increase your chances of securing a management position in the future!
  • Jobs in the areas listed above exist in almost any town or city in the country. The challenge for you is to identify the organizations that do the work that interests you.
  • DO look into the Go Lead! series, which provides professional training to people in this employment sector. You may qualify for a scholarship to cover some, or all, of the costs associated with the training, from the sociology and anthropology department!

Volunteering, or interning with an agency that addresses a community need while still in school is one of the best ways to determine whether or not you would like a career in the non-profit sector. For more information about organizations that offer volunteer or internship opportunities in Springfield and its surrounding communities, visit the Internship Opportunities page.

A great national database of jobs in the human services is (

You may want to consider going on to graduate school for Counseling (, Social Work (, or Public Health ( Another useful link for training to be a drug abuse counselor can be found at CODA: Drug Abuse Counselors

Organization Types of Positions* Location Website

Anne E. Casey Foundation

Program Associate, Child Welfare Strategy Group (BA/BS & exp)


Senior Associate, Race Equity & Inclusion (MA/MS & exp)

Baltimore, MD

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Family Service Worker (BA/BS) and other positions

Multiple Counties

Arc of the Ozarks

Behavioral Support Tech (HS Diploma)


Human Resources Recruiter (BA/BS & exp)


Program Manager Community Connections (BA/BS & exp)

Multiple Locations in MO

Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, Missouri

Resource Development Associate (BA/BS & exp)

Springfield, MO

Burrell Behavioral Health

Community Support Specialist (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations in MO

CC Links 

Service Coordinator (BA/BS & 1 yr experience) (Works with developmentally disabled)

Christian County, MO

Community Partnership

Community Mentoring Program Coordinator (BA/BS & exp)


Supportive Service/Volunteer Coordinator (BA/BS)

Springfield, MO

Convoy of Hope

Development Administrative Assistant (BA/BS & exp)

Springfield, MO


Head of Campaigns (exp)

New York, NY

Harbor House (Men's shelter)

Case Manager (BA/BS & 1 yr exp)

Springfield, MO

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

 Patient Advocate/Scheduler (BA/BS) Springfield, MO

Juvenile Justice Center

Juvenile Probation Officer Springfield, MO


Recruitment Coordinator (HS Diploma & exp)

Springfield, MO

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Director - Corporate Affairs (BA/BS & exp)

Baltimore, MD

St. Louis Arc

Community Connections Coordinator (BA/BS)

St. Louis, MO

The Kitchen

Transitional Housing Case Manager (BA/BS)


Community Case Manager (BA/BS & exp)

Springfield, MO

United Way of the Ozarks

Director of Operations (BA/BS & 5 yrs exp)

Springfield, MO

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Careers in Social Research

Your training in sociology and anthropology makes you uniquely qualified to conduct research on human populations! These jobs typically involve:

  • Developing and/or conducting evaluations of programs,
  • Developing and/or conducting surveys or polls,
  • Trend analysis.

Strong verbal and writing skills are a MUST to effectively communicate your research findings in reports, tables and graphs.

There are many research jobs out there, and many will require relocation to larger cities like New York, Chicago, or Washington, D.C.

To be competitive for these jobs:

  • DO take and do well in methods courses,
  • DO take and do well in statistics.
  • DO participate in research projects with your professors.
  • DO apply for an internship with, and work for a research organization.
OrganizationTypes of Positions*LocationWebsite


Analyst/Project Manager (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Academy Health

Research Assistant I & II (BA/BS & exp)

Washington DC

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Research Assistant (BA/BS)


Research Associate (BA/BS & 1-3 yrs. exp, plus pursuing MA/MS)

Multiple Locations

Arbitron (formerly Nielsen)

Analyst, Forecast & Activation (BA/BS, GPA, & course requirements)


Analyst (BA/BS & exp, note: Positions under this title available at entry level or higher & requirements may vary.)


Research Analyst (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Census Bureau

Statistician (BA/BS & course requirements)

Suitland, MD

Civis Analytics

Data Scientist - Social Sciences (MA/MS)

Chicago, IL


Data Analyst (exp)

New York, NY

Kaiser Family Foundation

Survey Research Assistant/Survey Analyst (BA/BS)

Menlo Park, CA

National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

Research Assistant (BA/BS)


Research Scientist (MA/MS or Ph.D.)


Environmental Social Science Research Assistant (MA/MS)

Chicago, IL

Opinion Dynamics

Project Analyst (BS/BA)

Waltham, MA & Oakland, CA

Pew Research Center

Research Assistant (BS/BA)


Research Associate, Politics (Ph.D./MA/MS)

Washington DC

Research for Action

Quantitative Research Associate (Ph.D.)

Philadelphia, PA

Research, Evaluation & Social Solutions, Inc. (REESSI)

Research Assistant (BS/BA)


Research Associate (MS/MA)


Research Professional (Ph.D.)

Kilmarnock, VA

The MassINC Polling Group

Research Associate (BA/BS)

Boston, MA

The Policy & Research Group

Senior Research Analyst (Ph.D.)


Junior Research Analyst (MA/MS)

New Orleans, LA

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Careers in Archaeology

Archaeology is one of four fields in anthropology. Jobs in archaeology require unique skills, so:

  • DO take as many courses in archaeology as you are allowed!
  • DO look for volunteer or other work opportunities with the Center for Archaeological Studies.
  • DO attend the Missouri Archaeological Society meetings when you can, and
  • DO check out, and enroll in ANT 351, Field Archaeology at least once. Field School is a MUST HAVE experience before leaving college.

There are many places to find work in archaeology, on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For an updated list of positions around the country, check out the Archaeology Fieldwork website.

OrganizationTypes of Positions*LocationWebsite

Atkins North America

Field Technician (BA/BS)

Austin, TX

Cultural Surveys Hawai'i

Archaeologists/ Cultural Researcher (BA/BS)


Supervisor (MA/MS)


Metcalf Archaeological Consultants

Staff Archaeologist (BA/BS)


Project Director (MA/MS)


N. Dakota;


MO Department of Natural Resources

Cultural Resource Preservationist I & II (BA/BS)

Jefferson City, MO

MO Department of Transportation

Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Jefferson City, MO

Smithsonian Institution

Museum Curator (Latino Culture) (BA/BS)


Museum Curator (Aeronautics) (BA/BS)

Washington DC

Tetra Tech

Archaeological Field Director (BA/BS)


Archaeological Field Technician (BA/BS)

Buffalo, NY

US Army Corp of Engineers

Archaeologist (BA/BS)


Vicksburg, MS; Baltimore, MD;

Little Rock, AR

US Department of Fish & Wildlife Service

Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Bismark, ND

US Department Of The Interior, Bureau of Land Management

Archaeologist (BA/BS)


Vernal, UT;

Battle Mountain, NV

US Department Of The Interior, National Park Service

Archeologist (BA/BS)


Museum Technician (Paleo) (BA/BS)

Kula, HI;

Washington DC;

Holbrook, AZ

USDA Forest Service

Tribal Relations Specialist (MA/MS)


Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Ketchikan, AK;

McCall, ID;

Ketchikan, AK;

Idaho Falls, ID;

Mount Shasta, CA

Weller & Associates Archaeological Firm

Field Supervisor (BA/BS)


Principle investigator (MA/MS)

Columbus, OH

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.