Why did new English words start popping up among the British colonists in North America? How were class distinctions in the New World different from those in the Old World? What can we learn about our ancestors from ancient skeletons and pottery fragments?
If you’re fascinated by questions like these, consider a career as an anthropologist or archaeologist. While some of these professionals are involved in research for its own sake, others use their skills in the world of business or government.
Anthropologists study people and primates (such as chimps), researching their cultural, physical, and social development over time. Archaeologists investigate history by finding and studying the remains and objects a society leaves behind.
Archaeology is alive and well in Deadwood, South Dakota, where construction on a new parking lot was halted when workers found the remains of the old Chinatown.
Curious, creative, patient, analytical, and open-minded. You’ll need good writing and speaking skills to help people understand the results of your research.
Anthropologists can help businesses decide how best to sell their products. They can also help politicians decide how best to attract voters.