Physical Anthropologist

Study meanings and causes of human physical differences.
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$31,000 – $89,000

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What do Physical Anthropologists do?

Studies meanings and causes of human physical differences and interrelated effects of culture, heredity, and environment on human form: Studies human fossils and their meaning in terms of long-range human evolution. Observes and measures bodily variations and physical attributes of existing human types. Studies physical and physiological adaptations to differing environments and hereditary characteristics of living populations. Studies growth patterns, sexual differences, and aging phenomena of human groups, current and past. May study museum collections of skeletal remains. May specialize in measurement of body or skeleton and be designated Anthropometrist. May specialize in epidemiology and nutritional studies, especially in developing or preliterate societies, and be designated Medical Anthropologist.

Should I be a Physical Anthropologist?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Professor of Anthropology

    How to become a Physical Anthropologist

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