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Also called: Professor, Professor of Anthropology, Researcher, Scientist

What they do:
Research, evaluate, and establish 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology.
  • Plan and direct research to characterize and compare the economic, demographic, health care, social, political, linguistic, and religious institutions of distinct cultural groups, communities, and organizations.
  • Collect information and make judgments through observation, interviews, and review of documents.


Math and Science
  • sociology and anthropology
  • geography
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Image enhancement software
Video creation and editing software
  • Apple iMovie
  • Microsoft Windows Movie Maker


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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