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FORENSIC Michelle Cody

ANTHROPOLOGIST
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
oAn individual must have a high school diploma, or equivalent.
oAccording to the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, one
must have a bachelors degree in anthropology (or related field) and
a masters degree in anthropology.
oABFA also suggests a doctoral degree in biology or physical
anthropology.
oDegree programs most often include: internships, clinical
experience, and field work.
oThe clinical experience and internships increase the amount of
employers that will hire you after graduation.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND
DAILY ACTIVITIES
oUsing lab skills and observations, anthropologists produce
evidence via the skeletal system.
oMost anthropologist usually work/partner with law enforcement
agencies.
oThey study bones and use their quantitative calculations and
qualitative observations to study bones, known as osteology. The
data collected is then used to determine the gender, sex, and
ethnicity of the skeletal remains.
oIf anthropology is used to assist in the solving of a crime, the
anthropologist can testify in court on behalf of law enforcement.
SALARY RANGES AND JOB
OUTLOOK
oAnnual national average: $64,290
oBottom 10%: $35,440 or less
oTop 10%: $97,040 or more
oPay often depends on location

oJob Outlook: This career is expected to grow 4% from the years


2014-2024.
oThis is because anthropology is a highly specialized and
competitive career, leaving few job openings for new graduates.
SELF REFLECTION
oI personally, would not like to do this job because I would not want
to look at bones all day every day. Also, I like to move around a lot,
so sitting and running tests or labs would not allow me to enjoy this
career. However, I do like the fact that you get to see the law
enforcement side of this job.
oI think that this job would be good for someone who is analytical,
self driven, and interested in some kind of off-field law
enforcement job.
oThis job is related to what we have been studying because in Unit
1, we had to identify missing skeletal remains using anthropology.
We used the size, texture, and structure of bones to determine the
sex, age, and ethnicity of a fictional missing persons case.
WORKS CITED
oForensic Anthropologist. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06,
2017, from http://www.forensicanthropologist.net/
oForensic Anthropologist: Job Description, Outlook and
Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from
http://study.com/articles/Forensic_Anthropologist_Job_Descri
ption_Outlook_and_Salary.html