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What does an Anthropologist do?

Have you ever wondered, what is anthropology? Anthropologists are driven by an interest in humans – from our origins as a species, to our modern cultures, to how humanity will survive in the future. Anthropology focuses on studying the development and behaviour of humans by taking a holistic look at everything that impacts the human experience including physical, social, cultural, economic, and political factors. It may surprise you to learn that Anthropologists work in a wide range of places, including public service organisations, cultural heritage consultancy, universities, and community planning organisations to name a few.

Is a career as an Anthropologist right for me?

If you’re fascinated by the history of human societies and cultures this could be the career for you. Anthropologists are critical thinkers with an interest in mathematics, science and language. It’s also beneficial to possess:

  • an enthusiasm for research
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • a sensitivity towards other people and cultures
  • a capacity for detailed observation and accurate practical work
  • the ability to work independently.

How to become an Anthropologist

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your anthropology career goals. At UniSQ, we offer the following degrees in the area of anthropology:
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Last updated August 2023.

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