CAREER OPTION : Anthropologist
To be an Anthropologist
As an anthropologist, you will be a scientist who researches about socio-historical, archaeological, linguistic and biological aspects of humanity as they have applied to the modern man. You will research about what makes us the human we are today considering various aspects of the past and present societies. You can specialise in any anthropology you like such as biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology and forensic anthropology. You will unveil a rich store of information and build a picture of the past.
If you concentrate on social customs and human history you will be a cultural anthropologist. If you specialise in skeletal remains of people millions of years ago, you will be a physical anthropologist. As a forensic anthropologist, you will study physical anthropology and human skeletons relative to crime scenes. As a biological anthropologist, you will study about human evolution and how biological conditions have affected it. If you specialise in linguistic anthropology, you will study about different ways of communication that has evolved with man and how language shapes the way in which human beings behave. Your research and findings will be preserved for future learning. Archaeology is also a subject that is studied and covered by anthropologists.
- Qualifying marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) examination under a recognised board of education.
- There are no specific age requirements.
- You should take either a science or arts stream in your H.S.C. education since those subjects will be valid for your research.
- You must not only be hardworking and dedicated, but also be willing to work for long hours without time boundaries in different conditions.
- You must have intensive foresight and in depth knowledge of the field that you are working in.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills to prepare and present reports and important findings.
- You should be curious enough to go and find the undiscovered aspects of the world.
- You must possess the ability to lead a team if necessary or work independently on a project. Good interaction with your colleagues and fellow beings are necessary to carry out your research peacefully.
- You must be able to manage time, solve problems and have statistical and computer techniques.
How to become an Anthropologist
STEP 1: Complete your 12thstandard in either science or arts stream. If you take the science stream, it will help you in understanding genetics, bone chemistry, carbon dating etc. which you will encounter with during your course. If you take an arts stream like humanities, it will give you an insight into human behaviour, psychology, sociology, history, evolution, culture etc.
STEP 2: After your 12thstandard, you should opt for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology (B.Sc. Anthropology). The course duration is for 3 years. There are also diploma programs for the same. After your course, you can start working or opt for post-graduation in the same domain. The subjects that you will be covering during your course period are; Foundations of Anthropology, Physical anthropology, Archaeological anthropology, Culture and Society, Economy and Religion, Field work and Report writing.
- Hansraj College – Delhi
- Hindu College – Delhi
- Punjab University – Chandigarh
- Symbiosis School of Liberal Art – Pune
- Vidya Sagar University – West Bengal
You can work with the education sector, advertising, marketing research, art galleries, publishing houses, museums, criminal investigation department, entertainment industry, non-profit organizations and the archaeology department. Depending upon your specialisation, the employment area and designation that you behold will vary. You can work with various departments of the government such as historical division, external affairs etc. You can also work as a lecturer in colleges and universities.
To start with, you can get up to Rs.25, 000 per month. With seniority, experience, performance and promotions, you salary can get as high as Rs.5 lakhs to Rs.8 lakhs per annum.