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Anthropologists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, anthropologists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They communicate daily by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
  • Give presentations and lectures on a weekly basis. Many anthropologists are also professors.
  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.
  • Often work as part of a team, such as a university department or a field study.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the outcomes of work done by others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors.
  • May work outdoors when performing fieldwork. May live among other cultures to study and learn about them.
  • Work close to others, such as when sharing office space.

Work Performance

  • Must be accurate and thorough in doing a job.
  • Make decisions that affect others on a weekly basis. They rarely, if ever, consult a superior before deciding a course of action.
  • Rarely consult someone before deciding their daily tasks and goals.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines. This make may the work atmosphere somewhat competitive.


  • In general, work a set schedule. This does not apply when doing fieldwork.
  • May travel to live among other cultures.
  • May work part time or full time. College professors are most likely to work part time.
  • Most work over 40 hours a week. This depends on fieldwork and workload associated with teaching at a college or university.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.