Profession anthropologist

Anthropologists research all aspects of life pertaining to humans. They study the various civilisations that have existed along the time and their ways of organisation. They attempt to analyse the physical, societal, linguistic, political, economical, philosophical, and cultural aspects of different people. The aim of their studies is to understand and describe the past of humanity and solve topical societal problems. They explore different perspectives such as philosophical anthropology.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Participant observation

    Empirical research the purpose of which is to gain a intimate closeness with a given group of individuals and their principles, ideas, beliefs, and behaviours through an intensive interaction with a society in their cultural environment over a long period of time. This includes direct observation, interviews, participation in the group, etc.

  • Anthropology

    The study of development and behaviour of human beings.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

Skills

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Research human behaviour

    Analyse, study, and explain human behaviour, uncover the reasons why individuals and groups behave as they do, and look for patterns in order to predict future behaviour.

  • Write scientific papers

    Present the hypothesis, findings, and conclusions of your scientific research in your field of expertise in a professional publication.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Interview people

    Interview people in a range of different circumstances.

  • Observe human behaviour

    Make detailed notes while observing how humans interact with and react to each other, objects, concepts, ideas, beliefs, and systems in order to uncover patterns and trends.

  • Study cultures

    Study and internalise a culture that is not your own to truly understand its traditions, rules, and workings.

Optional knowledge and skills

philosophy search historical sources in archives politics history interview techniques biology sociology study human societies conduct participatory research cultural history work on excavation site identify archaeological finds consult information sources write research proposals linguistics forensic anthropology teach anthropology osteology advise legislators interview focus groups archaeology develop scientific theories religious studies