Details Report for:
19-3091.01 - Anthropologists
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.
Sample of reported job titles: American Indian Policy Specialist, Anthropologist, Anthropology Instructor, Applied Anthropologist, Behavioral Scientist, Medical Anthropology Director, Professor, Professor of Anthropology, Researcher, Scientist
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
- Augers — Bucket augers
- Benchtop centrifuges — Countertop centrifuges
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Laboratory binocular microscopes; Oil immersion microscopes
- Calipers — Mandibulometers; Sliding calipers; Spreading calipers
- Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers — Luminescence readers
- Deoxyribonucleic sequence analyzers — Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA analyzers; Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequencers
- Desktop computers
- Developing tanks — Film processors
- Dictation machines — Transcription equipment
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Digital cameras
- Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders
- Dropping pipettes — Laboratory dropping pipettes
- Electron microscopes
- Electronic toploading balances — Electronic topload scales
- Fume hoods or cupboards — Laboratory fume hoods
- Gel boxes — Gel electrophoresis boxes
- General purpose refrigerators or refrigerator freezers — Laboratory refrigerators
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Laboratory vacuum dryers
- High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
- Ion selective electrode ISE meters — Selective ion meters
- Isolation glove boxes — Laboratory glove boxes
- Laboratory balances
- Laboratory mixers — Thermomixers
- Laboratory sifting equipment — Graded sieves
- Masks or accessories — Dust masks
- Metallurgical microscopes
- Microphones — External lavalier microphones
- Microplate readers — Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- PCR enclosures — Polymerase chain reaction PCR hoods
- Personal computers
- pH meters — pH indicators
- Plotter printers — Plotters
- Polarizing microscopes — Petrographic microscopes
- Power saws — Precision saws; Thin section saws
- Protective gloves
- Radarbased surveillance systems — Ground penetrating radar GPR; Remote sensing equipment
- Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Liquid handling robots
- Scanners — Digitizers; Flatbed scanners; Laser scanners; Slide scanners
- Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Fluorometers
- Spectrometers — Portable gamma spectrometers
- Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves
- Stirring hotplates — Hot stir plates
- Tablet computers
- Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Polymerase chain reaction PCR thermocyclers; Thermal cyclers
- Theodolites — Total stations
- Thermostats — Immersion thermostats
- Transilluminators — Ultraviolet UV transilluminators
- Trowels — Marshalltown trowels
- Ultra pure water systems — Laboratory water purification systems
- Ultraviolet crosslinkers — Ultraviolet UV crosslinkers
- Vacuum ovens — Laboratory vacuum ovens
- X ray radiography examination equipment — High resolution industrial computed tomography CT scanners; Industrial micro computed tomography CT scanners; Portable x ray machines; X ray cabinets
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — SAS software; Systat Software; The MathWorks MATLAB; The University of Tennessee FORDISC (see all 13 examples)
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software
- Data base user interface and query software — Genealogy software; Microsoft Access
- Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
- Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software; GE Healthcare ImageQuant TL; Image enhancement software
- Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer *; Web browser software
- Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software; Golden Software Surfer; Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Video creation and editing software — Apple Final Cut Express; Apple iMovie; Microsoft Windows Movie Maker; Sony Creative Software Vegas Movie Studio
- Voice recognition software — Voice activated software
- Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver; Microsoft FrontPage
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
- Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
- Conduct anthropological or archaeological research.
- Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
- Analyze forensic evidence to solve crimes.
- Plan social sciences research.
- Communicate with government agencies.
- Direct scientific activities.
- Instruct college students in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
- Conduct research on social issues.
- Develop methods of social or economic research.
- Advise others on educational matters.
- Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.
- Advise others on matters of public policy.
- Document events or evidence, using photographic or audiovisual equipment.
- Develop software or applications for scientific or technical use.
- Collect biological specimens.
- Conduct scientific research of organizational behavior or processes.
- Develop technical or scientific databases.
- Design psychological or educational treatment procedures or programs.
- Apply knowledge or research findings to address environmental problems.
- Conduct historical research.
- Collaborate with technical specialists to resolve design or development problems.
- Coordinate cross-disciplinary research programs.
|Title||Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).|
|Related Experience||Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.|
|Job Training||Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.|
|SVP Range||(8.0 and above)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|19-3092.00||Geographers Bright Outlook|
|25-1061.00||Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1062.00||Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1064.00||Geography Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1067.00||Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Anthropologists and Archeologists.
Employment data collected from Anthropologists and Archeologists.
Industry data collected from Anthropologists and Archeologists.
|Median wages (2014)||$28.50 hourly, $59,280 annual|
|Employment (2012)||7,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Faster than average (15% to 21%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||2,600|
|Top industries (2012)||
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (52% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Anthropologists and Archeologists . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.