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Anthropology is the study of man and society. Individuals in this field try to understand the various dynamics that control behavior and interaction, and how societies and societal norms develop. Anthropologists utilize a variety of research techniques and analyses tools in order to better understand respective societies, either for comparison or context.
Education and Schools
Individuals may seek a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in the field of anthropology, with graduate level educations allowing for research and education positions. Individuals will receive education in multiple disciplines, including history, behavioral science, sociology, statistics, as well as in becoming familiar with the tools and research methods used in the field. Individuals will also learn to analyze large amounts of information in order extrapolate data, as well as provide educated papers in regards to the meaning of that data.
A curriculum may include:
- Behavior and Society
Ideal schools for study in anthropology will have departments that are active and provide research opportunities, internships, and practical experience in the form of study abroad programs and lab work. Schools that can provide one or more of these types of experiences should have a leg up over those that do not, with additional factors resulting in the specifics and types of opportunities available.
Anthropologists generally work in research positions, often through schools or agencies, public and private, in order to better understand human behavior and report their results. Job growth in this field is expected to increase greatly over the next decade, though the actual growth will be small due to the actual size of the field. These new jobs will be due to the demand to further catalog human societies and apply that knowledge to current problems, including burgeoning opportunities in the private sector where such knowledge is applied to diversifying populations within the workforce.