Anthropologist

Anthropologists are social scientists who study the origin development and behavior of humans. There are a few different types of anthropologists.

Sociocultural anthropologists study the customs cultures and social norms of people living in groups. They often do this through observation andor personal interviews with a particular group

. Linguistic anthropologists are concerned with human languages focusing on the history of language and changes to language over time in various cultures. Biological anthropologists research the evolution of the human body and study the influence of biology and culture upon one another.

Physical anthropologists examine human remains found at archaeological sites in order to understand how factors such as nutrition and disease affected these populations.

According to the United States Department of Labor overall employment of anthropologists is expected to grow by 28 percent driven by growth in the management scientific and technical consulting services industry. Many consulting companies employ anthropologists who apply their specific skills and knowledge to problems ranging from economic development to forensics.

A growing number of anthropologists are also needed in the Federal Government especially the Department of Defense to help analyze the regional customs and values of particular societies in specific parts of the world. Of course anthropologists are also employed in colleges and universities as instructors professors and researchers.

A minimum of a Bachelors Degree is needed to enter this field with more advanced degrees required for many of these positions.

The average yearly salary for an anthropologist is around $57000 although consulting anthropologists may earn close to $90000 per year

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $59710
High Salary: $87890
Low Salary: $31530
Tasks: Collects information about humans.
Documents and presents research findings.
Assists in developing intervention programs.
Advises government agencies on cultural communities.
Also Called: Sociocultural anthropologist
Linguistic anthropologist
Biological anthropologist
Physical anthropologist
Additional Resources: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193091.htm
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos315.htm
http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/19-3091.01