Anthropologist  What They Do

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Anthropologists Career Video

Researches, evaluates, and establishes public policy concerning the origins of humans; their physical, social, linguistic, and cultural development; and their behavior, as well as the cultures, organizations, and institutions they have created.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Collects information and makes judgments through observation, interviews, and the review of documents.
  • Directs research characterizing the economic, demographic, health care, social, political, linguistic, and religious institutions of distinct cultural groups, communities, and organizations.
  • Writes about and presents research findings.
  • Provides advice on proposed programs and policies and their potential impacts on cultural institutions, organizations, and communities.
  • Uses text-based database management systems to support the analysis of firsthand observational records or field notes.
  • Identifies cultural beliefs and practices affecting health status and access to services for distinct populations and communities.
  • Develops intervention procedures, using individual and focus group interviews, consultations, and participant observation of social interaction.
  • Constructs and tests data collection methods.
  • Conducts research in communities and organizations to assess how work is done and to design work systems, technologies, and environments.
  • Identifies general rules that describe how cultures develop and how societies develop and behave.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel

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