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Anthropologists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, anthropologists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communicate with others by e-mail and in person daily. Write memos and make phone calls on a weekly basis.
  • Often speak in front of large groups of people.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Often work as part of a team.
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  • Are moderately responsible for the outcomes of work done by others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors but may work outdoors when performing fieldwork.
  • Sometimes wear protective equipment such as gloves.
  • Work close to others, such as when sharing office space.

Work Performance

  • Must be very accurate and thorough with their work.
  • Occasionally make decisions that affect others, usually without consulting others first.
  • Set most of their own tasks and goals for the day.
  • Work in a moderately competitive environment and meet monthly and weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work an irregular schedule that varies.
  • Most work more than 40 hours a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.