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Techno-Anthropology, Master

Job and career

Job and career

"I work at Copenhagen airport. I observe and analyse human behaviour in the airport every day and use my knowledge in order to improve passenger experiences." Sana, Techno-Anthropology graduate.

Techno-Anthropologists can find work in any organisation in need of user involvement, technology assessment or implementation, sustainability etc. However, the typical domains, where graduates find work are within health and welfare, IT or environment and sustainability. 

Your future job title might be: 

  • Innovation consultant 
  • Digitalisation consultant 
  • Tech-specialist 
  • UX designer/ researcher 
  • Business analyst 
  • Project worker or project leader 

In practice, your job could involve: 

SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY 

As a techno-anthropologist, you work with technology and humans in situations demanding profound insight into the development and distribution of technological solutions in an ethically acceptable way. 

RESPONSIBLE DESIGN 

You contribute to design processes and technological design with knowledge, skills and competences that ensure accountable and responsible technological innovation, development, implementation, and use. 

ANALYSIS AND MAPPING 

You analyse and map the need for, and the distribution of,knowledge in the area of technology culture in an organisation. 

USER INSIGHTS 

You conduct advanced analyses to understand user insights and experiences of technologies and involve users in interventions. 
You use qualitative ethnographic methods, such as fieldwork, workshops and design games, to facilitate user involvement in the development of solutions and technology. 

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION 

You can perform implementations and evaluations of technology. You evaluate how technology can be implemented in the best way, taking context, culture and practices in society and organisations into consideration. 

DIGITAL METHODS 

You work with different types of digital mapping software to gain insights into online debates and controversies (e.g. 5G, vaccines and windmills). You contribute to a profound understanding of how communities behave online and how they might act offline. 

BRIDGING GAPS 

You bridge the professional and technological gaps between different stakeholders and actors by, for example, analysing collaboration in technological projects (e.g. cooperation between stakeholders in primary and secondary health care digitalisation). 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT 

As a project manager, you can work with innovation and link management, designers, engineers, technicians and users. You facilitate user-driven innovation processes when developing design concepts and new technological prototypes. 

“We deal with a lot of different professions speaking each their own language. The wish to help and understand is essential in ensuring a good implementation of our projects. I can only recommend to hire a Techno-Anthropologist.” 

Lene Kjær Holst, Leadership and Digitalisation, Thisted Kommune 

Testimonials from graduates

Career counselling at AAU

AAU Career provides guidance on your career. While studying at AAU, you can participate in career seminars and job related events. You can also book a career counselling session and talk about, for example:

  • Application and cv
  • Finding an internship or a student job
  • Competencies – both academic and personal
  • Tools to help you clarify your ideas about your future career
  • How to get started on your job search before graduation

 

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