No Experience Necessary
by C. Elle
Question by Miyuki Raiden: Is it hard to get a job as a forensic anthropologist?
Is it really as hard as people say? I have always wanted to become a forensic anthropologist but I’ve herd that it’s nearly impossible to get a full time job in forensic anthropology. I have no desire to be a collage professor and only take a few cases in my lifetime. I can’t think of what else I could do… Can someone help me?
Answer by Path Less Travelled
On one count, you might think the answer is yes — it ‘is’ hard — maybe…maybe not. You have to find out from those who know, who work in this field.
On a second count, jobs are hard to get and hold onto today anyway.
Third, exotic types of jobs such as your chosen field are difficult to snag because, well, it is such an interesting field and few are there once getting in willingly bail out. They have high retention rates, even if they do not pay high wages. The interest and passion trumps the salary potential.
It is one of those adventuresome types of fields and is comparatively rare to be had except in field research jobs and in varied Forensics and Anthropology laboratories. For example, it is not one of the high-demand jobs as is, say, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology or Genetics.
For such jobs as this one, which are subject to become saturated quickly, you may want to change your outlook of only taking a few cases in your lifetime: these are jobs for which you will want to stay in the queue, especially given that bio-engineers are developing new technologies all the time that facilitate work in Anthropology, and in which anthropologists are able to make discoveries as never before.
I am convinced that the limitations or anxieties you are confronting will diminish, however, as these varied fields increasingly merge their respective disciplines.
What you might want to do is your own personal inquiries about this by visiting universities’ Anthropology departments, natural museums’ laboratories, and law-enforcement agencies’ laboratories. Talk to the students or professors or employees in these facilities and ask them directly the chances of your getting into this field and how to. It is a most interesting field.
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