Amanda Poole of the Department of Anthropology was interviewed for a story on about how the pandemic is shaping the job market for anthropology graduates.

What impact has the pandemic had on job market trends for anthropology graduates? How does an anthropology degree prepare students for the current and future economy? Zippia, a job and career search website, interviewed experts from various companies and universities to get their perspectives on where the job market is headed. Poole weighed in from the perspective of Applied Anthropology.

Poole argues that anthropology is of increasing relevance in our globalizing world. The unique tools and perspectives of anthropology include thinking holistically, critically, and cross-culturally about complex issues, appreciating and translating across different experiences and perspectives, and conducting research that helps to provide depth of understanding. Anthropological skill sets lend themselves to work in a broad variety of professions, including disaster planning and response, sustainable development, product design, and humanitarian aid. The global economy demands people with a knowledge of multi-cultural issues and with the skill set to understand and work sensitively and respectfully with people from a variety of backgrounds. As we engage in COVID-19 recovery across varied communities and tackle complex social and environmental challenges facing us at local, national, and global scales, there is a clear growing need for anthropologically trained professionals.

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