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Anthropologist, Physical

Aliases: Biological Anthropologist

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks an Anthropologist, Physical is expected to perform include:

  • Studying the physical nature of man by observation and measurement of bodily variations and physical attributes of existing and pre-historical human types
  • Identifying and classifying human beings into broad types on the basis of their physical characteristics 
  • Conducting field investigations along with studying in a laboratory to examine the physical, physiological and biological characteristics
  • Measuring and tracing the relationship between the genetic structure and other physical characteristics of humans like the colour and structure of hair, eyes, ears, etc.
  • Observing the correlation between the pathological conditions of parts of the body and bodily form
  • Identifying various groups that are connected genealogically by conducting genetic studies on individuals related by blood
  • Obtaining data on blood characteristics, genetic composition and physical measurements of the body
  • Conducting bio-chemical studies of different parts of the body to isolate and identify characteristics of the cellular structures of different parts of body
  • Obtaining the measurements of the bony structures of the body like capacity of cranium and length of different bones with instruments like spreading and sliding calliper
  • Observing characteristics which are easily identifiable and can be accurately measured for the purposes of comparison between types
  • Studying the characteristics of different parts of the skin, specially ridges, patterns or the whirls of palms of hand and the sole of the foot for purposes of identification and comparison
  • Understanding the relationship between the environment and the development of physical characteristics
  • Tracing down the relationship between man and higher animals like apes and monkeys for comparative studies
  • Identifying similarities between physical characteristics and origin and spread of different racial groups
  • Reconstructing the fossil-remains after proper measurements, etc.​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • May need to handle a team
  • Travelling is a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This may vary from organization to organization​​

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably​, Master's in anthropology or its equivalent 

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • In-depth knowledge about the evolution of the human race 
  • Knowledge of all the physical characteristics related to the origin and spread of different racial groups
  • Knowledge of the broad racial groups, traces, genetic identity and similarities of physical characteristics 
  • Skilled at calculating the accurate measurement between pathological phenomena and bodily form
  • Skilled in doing research 
  • Knowledge about blood characteristics, genetic composition and physical measurements of the body
  • Skilled in doing genetic​​ studies 
  • Skilled in doing a comparative study to understand the relationship between man and higher animals like apes and monkeys
  • Proficient in understanding the characteristics of different parts of the skin
  • Knowledge of the broad categories into which human beings are classified into on the basis of their physical characteristics
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Hard-working
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Universities offering anthropology​ across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

http://www.unipune.ac.in/Syllabi_PDF/revised_2013/mms/M.A.,%20M.Sc.%20Anthropology%20Syllabus.pdf

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4
​ Intern → Anthropologist, Physical → Senior Anthropologist
The progression is indicative
EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For candidates with experience - Rs 15,600 to Rs 39,100 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 5
​Generally, 2 to 5 years of experience is required
PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Anthropological Survey of India
  • Research institutes
  • Publishing houses
  • NGOs
  • Museums
  • Libraries
KEYWORDS 

Anthropologist

OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152632.0800Anthropologist, Physical
ISCO 20082632 Sociologists, Anthropologists and Related Professionals
NIC 200872200Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot availableNot available
REFERENCES 
1National Classification of Occupations Division 2
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3http://www.upsc.gov.in/recruitment/advt/2016/Advt_12_16_Emp_ORA.pdf​
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf​​
​5https://www.shine.com/jobs/anthropology-expert/passionate-futurist/6435651/​​
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