How to become a Anthropologist

Anthropologists study the origin, development and functioning of human societies and cultures, as they exist now or have existed throughout history. Anthropologists are concerned with the complexities of social and cultural life, including religion, rituals, family and kinship systems, languages, art, music, symbolism and economic and political systems.

Personal requirements of a Anthropologist

  • Capacity for detailed observation and accurate practical work
  • Able to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Sensitive to other people and cultures.

Education & Training for a Anthropologist

To become an anthropologist you usually have to complete a degree in science, arts, social science or international studies at university with a major in anthropology (preferably at honours level), followed by a postgraduate qualification in anthropology. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree with honours. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Additional Information
In collecting information about a society, anthropologists may have to learn another language. Ordinary membership of the Australian Anthropological Society is open to people who have completed an honours degree in anthropology.
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