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Anthropologists examine human traits and behaviors from both modern and evolutionary standpoints. Most are interested in a specific culture or region and may travel to do research. Anthropologists can enter a number of different careers; read on to learn more about some of them.

Inside Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human behavior, culture, history and language. Anthropologists research ancient civilizations through the study of relics and then apply their insights to modern-day human problems. They are often experts in a particular region or culture, and their work can involve travel to remote locations for long periods of time to conduct field excavations. Alternatively, an anthropologist may work in developing urban or suburban areas when artifacts are discovered at building sites. Other anthropologists work in museums or with criminal justice agencies in forensics departments.

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Although a bachelor's degree may be acceptable for entry-level work, most anthropologists have a master's or doctoral degree. In general, bachelor's anthropology programs investigate basic human origins, evolution, global issues and how language and culture factor into research. In graduate studies, students develop research skills through courses in field methods and typically conduct fieldwork for credit. Students at all levels of study take classes in sociology, paleontology, genetics, linguistics and history, while developing a regional focus. They may also develop a specialty such as archaeology, linguistics or sociocultural anthropology.

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