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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.

Duties & Tasks
An anthropologist may perform the following tasks:
  • work in different communities to gather and analyse information on the social and cultural behaviour, artefacts, language and biology of groups and societies that they are studying
  • collect, identify, date, protect and preserve indigenous artefacts, material possessions and other objects of anthropological interest.
  • Working conditions
    An anthropologist's main research method is long-term fieldwork, which involves living with the people being studied and learning through participation in activities, often under difficult conditions.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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