As an anthropologist, you apply your skills and knowledge to explore the origin and development of humans, societies and cultures.

What do anthropologists do?

An anthropologist scientifically studies about humans, early hominids and primates. They examine the present and past biological, archeological, socio-historical, and socio-cultural aspects of humanity depending on their areas of specialisation. Their researches are oriented towards a better understanding of humanity as a whole.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Collecting information from public with the use of surveys ,observations and interviews
  • Checked Examining, analyzing, comparing and reporting on how various cultures develop and interact
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  • Checked Giving advice on public policies
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  • Checked Consulting with other professionals and teaching students at universities
  • Checked Writing proposals for research fundings or grants

What areas can an anthropologist specialise in?

It is the study of the origin, evolution and diversity of human kind.
It is the study of human societies and their cultures, beliefs and values.
It is the study of the history and development of languages and its impact on society.

How to become an anthropologist?

Step 1
Take Humanities stream at plus two level

Studying humanities stream with preferably anthropology and securing a minimum score in all the subjects will be a prerequisite for admission into prominent institutions for higher studies.

Step 2
Take B.A. Anthropology

The common course offered at the UG level in this area is B.A Anthropology. You can either go for B.A, Anthropology or Integrated MA (IMA) in social science with Anthropology combination. The duration of the BA course will be three years and the IMA course will be of 5 years.

Step 3
Take Master’s in Anthropology

After completing UG, you can go for an M.A. in Anthropology which is of two years duration.

Step 4
Go for doctoral studies

After pursuing master’s, you can go for an MPhil or PhD if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent.

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Requirements for masters (MA) in anthropology

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For admission into M.Sc. in Anthropology at the central university of Orissa)

  • A graduate degree in any science or arts subject
  • A minimum 50% marks on aggregate
  • On the basis of an entrance examination

Foreign (For admission into MSc in Social Anthropology at Lund University, Sweden)

  • A bachelor's degree anthropology or it’s equivalent
  • Based on grades obtained in the bachelor's degree
  • English language requirement: overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90.
  • A letter of intent describing the purpose and motivation for you to choose the program.

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Skills Required

Cross- Cultural Competency

Understanding human diversity and being culturally sensitive is the foremost important skill required for an anthropologist. They get exposed to a variety of values, behaviours and beliefs. Therefore such skills will enable anthropologists to be more effective in their work in an increasingly global and multicultural world.

Communication skills

Communication skills are vital for anthropologists as they have to contextualise the information meeting the requirements of the receiving group. The ability to prepare reports and present them is a very relevant skill that the field demands.

Analytical skills

Analytical skills come in handy for anthropologists as they need to collect quality information and analyze them to identify important details and link them to broader issues.

Critical thinking

Anthropologists need to be critical thinkers in order to generate productive outcomes from their work by gathering relevant information and then making the right inferences.


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