An anthropologist on the employment market

Are you ready to face the future? Anthropology has been listed among the top occupations that may shape the face of the world in upcoming years.

In the top 50 jobs of the future, anthropology is ranked number 2. The study of people can take you into almost any career path, anywhere in the world, including: education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government work, organisational psychology, non-profit management, marketing, publishing and forensics. [www.independent.ie, 24.06.2014]

Ethnological studies prepare students not only for academic work in the humanities. Rather, alumni may choose completely different career paths. When asked whether Intel employs ethnographers, Tomasz Klekowski (the Director for East-Central Europe) answered:

‘Yes, we do. We have recently had to change our approach to system designs. We used to create a processor, and then let other companies find a use for it. Today, with technology being more and more present in all aspects of life, we must adapt it to consumers' expectations. It's the ethnographers that do research on what aspects the user will find the most attractive. [...] They directed our attention to the fact that many things should be simplified; that it's not the efficiency, but the ease of use that's the most important feature. People like their computer to be safe, and they like it to know their preferences. Every person uses about 20–30 different passwords and PIN codes. They write them down on a piece of paper or save them in a file, and that's dangerous. People would like to watch something from their computer on a TV screen, but without the need for cables...' [http://wyborcza.biz, 8.08.2013]