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How to become an Anthropologist: A Journey

Updated on January 19, 2012

So you've clicked on this page, wanting to know more about the exciting field of Anthropology? Well just to say, this field is a very culturally fulfilling experience filled with unknown treasures just beyond the next cave, buried temple, or underwater expedition. According to the Labor statistics held by the United States Bureau of Labor, average growth in this field is expected to continue through 2014 as many nations begin to work closer to preserve their ancestral cultures.

The greatest question one may ask about this field is, "What exactly is Anthropology?". As a generalized concept, it is the study of humans, and pushes those in it's field to find the answers behind how human life has it's origins, and how the human genetic patterns have developed over the centuries. after asking those questions, Anthropologists then fit the puzzle pieces as to how these questions heed to develop social environments and how each one fared VS. both another as a whole, and differentiating subgroups of civilizations. There are quite a few types of anthropology to choose from: Biological, Linguistic, Socio-Cultural, and archaeology.

If you are wondering about exactly how much school you will need to gather speed and land a great career in the heart fulfilling field of Anthropology; there are a few requirements. In order to gain a foothold in the door of any job, one must at least gain a degree. Although for most higher level jobs, especially in research positions specializing in the human body, it's functions and genetics, an individual must train an eight year study for his/her doctoral degree. Over the years, an individual must refresh their minds with furthering studies in order to keep up with constantly fluctuating material and vital information.

After completing your schooling, you may be ready to conquer the countrysides as the next Indiana Jones, only find that the only jobs available are in research facilities and basic digging operations with a small team of very specialized individuals. When you have found a job on site, particularly in such remote areas as the Amazon Forest or the Sahara and Godi Deserts, make sure you have a high physical stamina and knowledge of the potential poisonous and/or dangerous mammal, reptilian, and marine life If you are stationed in a lab working within a college or government facility, it would be best to have vast knowledge of historical accounts, linguistics, and genetics to function smoothly.

In the field of Anthropology, there is a great amount of knowledge that you can build upon, and if you decide you want to fond another career in a similar field of Biological Research or Genetic Engineering, the doors are wide open. As you travel through your schooling, you will also acquire language skills that will help you communicate with other nations and cultures, allowing for a greater companionship of friends and individuals that were previously hindered by language barriers. Overall, Anthropology is a wonderful field with endless possibilities and dreams to fulfill. If you are looking to become the next Indiana Jones, now is your time to find your true path to unknown cultural riches.


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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Very informative. I can see how this would be an interesting field to get into. Thank you for sharing this!

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      BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thank you ardie, it's going to be a fun ride over the next few years.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What an interesting field, though I wonder about the job market. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Johnny 5 years ago

      I took Anthropology in school because I always watch people and wanted to see the many different styles of life even close by. In Wyoming the way of life is so different to the Californian style that I am used to. Culture is beautiful. Voted you up my friend. Great work here.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      In the past anthropological studies were specialized in nature, which described the customs, rituals, beliefs, behaviour and dress of particular group of people. But very little was said beyond, such as why they had sustained such customs, why it was that modernization had not touched such areas in the way it had touched others. Though interesting to read, such writings left multiple questions unanswered.

      Gradually, the notion altered, scope widened, and what we call today is social anthropology. This is just to say that there was recognition that anthropology had to be placed within social context.

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      BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thank you Vinaya, I appreciate the extra information on the subject. That is the field I am following I'm college.

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      BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thank you Johnny, I appreciate the vote and compliment.

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      BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I feel as the knowledge gained from school will place an anthropologist on various jobsites, only because of linguistic training, biology, genetics, and communication.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I was an anthropology major, but focused on the cultural and linguistical aspects of it. I tied it in with my love of Spanish language and culture as well as art. So, I like to go abroad and learn about other people and cultures, then come home and write about it. :) Informative hub. Enjoyed the read.

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      BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Very interesting, Im glad we both share the same interests. Thank you for your kind words.

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      hockey8mn 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I was an anthropology major in college. Loved traveling and learning about other cultures. It was a perfect fit. I was and still am big into archaeology. For me, it ties in all the disciplines of the field. It is also cool to dig up and hold an object in your hand that hasn't been touched for a thousand years. Good stuff.

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      BakerRambles 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thank you for the comment, it really is a blessing to know history is right there in front of you, waiting for your potential decipher of how and why its there.

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      Sarah Jane Bourdeau 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I have a Bachelor's in Anthropology, and I'm so glad you didn't define Anthropology as "a way of life of a people." Myself and every one of my professors would have cringed. Great article, it brings back memories for me!

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