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 review of documents.
- Writes about and presents research findings for a variety of specialized and general audiences.
- Teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology.
- Plans and directs research to characterize and compare the economic, demographic, health care, social, political, linguistic, and religious institutions of distinct cultural groups, communities, and organizations.
- Gathers and analyzes artifacts and skeletal remains to increase knowledge of ancient cultures.
- Explains the origins and physical, social, or cultural development of humans, including physical attributes, cultural traditions, beliefs, languages, resource management practices, and settlement patterns.
- Identifies culturally specific beliefs and practices affecting health status and access to services for distinct populations and communities, in collaboration with medical and public health officials.
- Trains others in the application of ethnographic research methods to solve problems in organizational effectiveness, communications, technology development, policy making, and program planning.
- Constructs and tests data collection methods.
- Develops intervention procedures, using techniques such as individual and focus group interviews, consultations, and participant observation of social interaction.
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