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Anthropologist, Cultural

Aliases: Cultural Anthropologist

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


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

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

  • Planning, organizing and conducting investigations into the physical, social and mental characteristics of both past and present groups of human beings
  • Examining the governing factors of human cultural life
  • Interpreting the cultural phenomena over large geographical areas and long time spans
  • Identifying and isolating the cultural groups spread over large regions
  • Studying the differences and similarities in the characteristics of different cultural groups
  • Identifying the value systems, motivations and expressions of various human urges and requirements through institutional set-up
  • Initiating the pilot studies into the attitudes, values, technology, personality, etc., of cultural groups 
  • Employing suitable scientific methods like interviews, questionnaires, participant observation and genealogical studies
  • Obtaining a detailed understanding of the social structure and culture of a particular group
  • Classifying the data collected, analysing it and writing the reports accordingly
  • Drawing a comparison between the different cultural groups to define the typology of each culture
  • Deriving the principles of group behaviour, forms of motivation and values that are upheld in different cultures for purposes of guidance and control in problems of social engineering
  • Tracing the cultural evolution and pattern of change over time
  • Studying the remains of ancient cultures and records in history, changes in institutions, technology, law, religion, etc.
  • Seeking the application of data on special implications of cultural change
  • Evaluating social adaptation in the fields of education, tribal and rural community development, health and medicine, industrial relations and administration
  • Studying the folk dance, drama and music of tribal and peasant communities​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • May need to handle a team
  • Local 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 degree in anthropology or equivalent with evidence of specialization in cultural anthropology​

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • In-depth knowledge about the evolution of the human race 
  • Knowledge about the physical, social and mental characteristics of both past and present groups of human beings
  • Skilled in evaluating human cultural life over different areas
  • Proficient in identifying the cultural groups spread over large regions
  • Skilled in understanding the characteristics of different cultural groups
  • Proficient in evaluating the social institutions
  • Detailed knowledge of the social structure and culture of different groups
  • Skilled in making comparisons between different cultural groups to define the typology of each culture
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Hardworking​​
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, Cultural → Senior Anthropologist → Head of the Department

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 3

​Generally, 7​ years of experience is required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Anthropological Survey of India
  • Research institutes
  • Publishing houses
  • NGOs
  • Museums
KEYWORDS 

Anthropologist

OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152632.0900Anthropologist, Cultural
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.freshershome.com/jobs/detail/public-service-commission/117106?action=search&offset=375​
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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