In a typical work setting, anthropologists:
- 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.
- 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.