How to Become an Anthropologist

Anthropologists are professionals who take the time to research and study the origin, behavior, and cultural development of the human species. They spend time examining different cultures, languages, and also characteristics of people from all over the world. Anthropologists come up with theories and conclusions by evaluating how environment influenced the culture and society of the people in the particular area. Most anthropologists will spend their work hours in an office analyzing samples and items. However there are some that can work on the field and travel for extended periods of time. It is typical for anthropologists to work for museums, colleges, research institutions, the government or privately owned companies.
What steps do you need to take to become an anthropologist? Many students do not know about anthropology until they reach college. However if you are a high school student who is interested in a career in anthropology, you should focus on certain classes such as history, social studies, and also physical sciences like biology and chemistry. Once you are in college, it is ideal for those wanting to be anthropology, to graduate with a degree in anthropology or a related field.
The work doesn’t stop there. If you wish to further your career path, you will want to earn a master’s degree or Ph.D. in either anthropology or archeology. A master’s degree can take up to three years to complete but if you want to earn your Ph.D. the program will take five years or longer to fully complete. While you are working for your master’s, it is an ideal time for you to also gain some work experience as well. If you plan to not pursue a master’s degree in the field, you have a lesser chance of advancing your career. Many bachelor degree holders can only find work as an assistant or spend their time as a fieldworker. So it is highly suggested that you pursue your advanced education when it comes to this career choice.
Should you become an anthropologist? Anthropology, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a small occupation. This means that there are not a lot of people applying for a career in it. However, this should not deter you if you wish to pursue a career path in this field. If you love or have a passion about studying the development of humans and enjoy learning about cultures and history, this is an ideal career for you.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/anthropologists-and-archeologists.htm
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/19-3091.01

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