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Anthropologists work in a wide array of areas, from government to large corporations, to NGO's and education.

Career Possibilities

In 2014, I completed my Ph.D. in Anthropology with Dr. Hendrik Poinar's McMaster Ancient DNA Centre. I am now employed by a biotechnology company that manufactures custom DNA products used in cutting-edge genetics research, such as ecology, evolutionary biology, and disease. I assist researchers from a wide variety of fields (including ancient DNA) to design & execute custom target enrichment experiments for high-throughput DNA sequencing. My doctoral research employing these techniques on highly degraded specimens provided me with knowledge to facilitate successful next-generation DNA sequencing from any type of sample, whether contemporary or ancient. I pursued graduate research in genetics through the Department of Anthropology in order to combine the strengths and challenges of my two undergraduate fields, Biology and Archaeology. Due to the excellent researchers and facilities at McMaster University, I collaborated on a variety of unique research projects during my Ph.D., which provided invaluable experience for my current and future pursuits.

Alison M. Devault, Ph.D., Product Manager, MYbaits & NGS
MYcroarray, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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Alison Devault

PhD Anthropology, McMaster University2014

Product Manager, MYbaits & NGS

Career Information

Potential Employers and Career Possibilities

  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art Conservator
  • Community Worker
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Curator
  • Coroner/Medical Examiner
  • ESL Teacher
  • Ethnologist
  • Ethnographer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Employment Counsellor

Potential Employers and Career Possibilities

  • Exhibit Prepator
  • Forensics Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Aid Worker
  • Federal Government Policy Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Historic Interpreter
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Lawyer
  • International Aid
  • Immigration Officer

Potential Employers and Career Possibilities

  • Lobbyist
  • Librarian
  • Laboratory researcher   
  • Market Research Assistant
  • Museum Education Director
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Museum Technician
  • Multicultural Education Specialist
  • Program Director     
  • Public Health Educator

Potential Employers and Career Possibilities

  • Project Development Officer
  • Policy Consultant
  • Policy Scientist        
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Research Consultant
  • Research Assistant
  • Refugee Services Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Survey Researcher   
  • Teacher
  • University Professor
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Worker

Skills Development

Many employers are interested in the skills which Anthropology graduate students tend to possess. These include:

  • Knowledge about biological, ecological, cultural and long-term historical factors that influence human behaviour
  • Theoretical approaches and practical methods for enhancing cross-cultural understanding
  • Knowledge of a variety of ethnic groups, as well as many cultures in other countries
  • Skills in social research, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork, as well as quantitative methods
  • Experience in both writing descriptive and analytical reports
  • The ability to analyze the root causes of social problems, and to work towards solutions with people from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

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