Become an Anthropologist or Archeologist
An anthropologist or archeologist is involved in the study of archeological remnants, origins, cultures, languages and physical characteristics of humans around the world. They protect and manage archeological sites and record valuable information concerning any artifact uncovered, as well as, recommending any methods for conservation or access to the site.
How to become a Anthropologist
An anthropologist or archeologist requires a master's degree or PhD in anthropology or archeology. You would normally do field work for 12-30 months while obtaining a PHd. Experience in anthropological or archeological field work is usually expected. Those holding a bachelor's degree may obtain jobs as field workers or assistants.
Job Description of a Anthropologist
An archeologist or anthropologist researches the culture and past human life in history from remains, architectural features, artifacts and structures found in excavation or underwater recovery or other discovery. They would carefully record all information, as well as, authenticate them, date and identify the objects and structures that an excavation has recovered. They answer specific questions about past societies and cultures according to their survey and research and write and/or publish reports that record site methodology, history and artifact analysis results. They would also give their recommendations and findings to colleagues and the general public for interpreting findings and conserving.
An archeologist or anthropologist studies and records an artifact's function, shape, size and decoration and can give descriptions based on an artifact's attributes or physical properties, like the materials they were made of. They would record exact locations of a site and it's condition of the artifacts that were uncovered with photographs and drawings. They recommend methods to protect the area and give access for development and resource management and conservations needs.
An archeologist or anthropologist would draw and update maps of the site of features, stratum surfaces and unit profiles. A collection would be made of the artifacts of various materials and be placed and marked in bags identifying where they were discovered. An anthropologist or archeologist needs a knowledge of history and archeology, anthropology and sociology, as well as, geography. They need to know other languages including the spelling, meaning and pronuncation.
An archeologist or anthropologist would know how to use computers and electronics and know mathematics. One should be able to give written and oral communication to others and have the ability to deductive reason and inductive reason. They can update and use any relevant information needed for the job. Most anthropologist or archeologist work in offices. Others work in laboratories studying samples or in field work. They are found working in research organizations, colleges or universities, consulting firms, museums and even government.
Those in the field may have prolonged periods of travel.