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Forensic Anthropology

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Molly Mancini

on 15 April 2013

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Transcript of Forensic Anthropology

Molly Mancini Career Research Project Forensic Anthropologist Career Preparation
Education Needed Job Description
Work Setting Personal Characteristics
Needed The work environment of a forensic anthropologist includes:




possible travel to different
countries for research Forensic anthropologists

work more than 35 hours a week

work 7 to 8 hour days

are ALWAYS on call
To become a forensic anthropologist, you will need the following training:

Bachelor's degree and Master's degree

Doctoral program which provides
hands-on lab experience and lectures

Last two years of doctoral program are
usually spent in labs or internships at
forensic science institutions

After graduation, you will continue in a fellowship program under the supervision of trained anthropologists

To become a forensic anthropologist, the following high school classes will be helpful:

If offered, Anatomy and Physiology
My job as a forensic anthropologist would be stressful because:

I must testify in court cases.

I try to determine the causes of death for the deceased.

I must gather evidence to support my findings.
Wages and Benefits The entry wage for a forensic anthropologist is $25,000 - $30,000 depending on location. Personal Assessment and Employment Outlook To become a forensic anthropologist, you will need a:

Bachelor's degree in a science such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, or anthropology

PLUS, a Master's degree in anthropology or human biology

PLUS, a Ph.D. that specializes in forensic anthropology.
Possible forensic anthropology schools include:

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN

Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA

The Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA Tools used in forensic anthropology include:

Chemicals to illuminate body fluids and to cleanse things

Spreading and sliding calipers to take skeletal measurements

X-rays machines


Computers and programs such as facial recognition
I would like working on a team in a laboratory setting.

I would also like that every case is unique and like solving a puzzle.

I would dislike being interrupted while concentrating on a case.
Forensic anthropologist jobs can be found throughout the U.S. Since most forensic anthropologists are consultants, many work full-time as college professors. Some, however, are hired by state or federal bureaus of investigation or large medical examiner's offices. Day to day Duties and Tasks include:

Learn the known facts of the case

Take samples for DNA testing

Measure and examine bones for traumas

Determine if trauma happened before death or after These personal characteristics will help you to be successful as a forensic anthropologist:

Flexibility to adapt

Attentive to detail and accuracy

Problem solving skills


Good oral and written communication skills

This career fits my personality because:

I am a hard worker

I am patient

I am curious and always want to discover HOW and WHY Personal values that this career provides:


Helping others

Interesting and always changing

An experienced forensic anthropologist's yearly wages can range from $42,000 - $132,000. Since most forensic anthropologists are also college professors, they receive insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation benefits from the university.
If employed by a state or federal law enforcement agency, forensic anthropologists receive these benefits as well. My career plan is to find a forensic anthropologist job with the FBI or a medical examiner's office so that I am working full-time. Another option is to work with a crime scene investigation team and to specialize in forensic anthropology. I feel this occupation will allow me to live according to my expectations. The occupational outlook for forensic anthropology is not great for full-time employment. Getting a job will be challenging since most are consultant positions for medical examiner or law enforcement offices. I think that forensic anthropology is the right occupation for me because:

I enjoy challenges

I want to help people

I like to solve problems

I enjoy studying the human body
Forensic anthropology is the perfect occupation for me because I am always curious and I love to solve problems. I enjoy learning and want to be able to help people--even if it is to bring closure to a family.
This career choice fits my educational plans because I had already planned to go to the University of Tennessee and they offer a forensic anthropology program. Video
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