Core Tasks Include:
- Conduct participatory action research in communities and organizations to assess how work is done and to design work systems, technologies, and environments.
- Study archival collections of primary historical sources to help explain the origins and development of cultural patterns.
- Participate in forensic activities, such as tooth and bone structure identification, in conjunction with police departments and pathologists.
- Formulate general rules that describe and predict the development and behavior of cultures and social institutions.
- Apply systematic sampling techniques to ensure the accuracy, completeness, precision, and representativeness of individuals selected for sample surveys.
- Advise government agencies, private organizations, and communities regarding proposed programs, plans, and policies and their potential impacts on cultural institutions, organizations, and communities.
- Teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology.
- Build geographic information systems (GIS) to record, analyze, and cartographically represent the distribution of languages, cultural and natural resources, land use, and settlement patterns of specific populations.
- Identify culturally specific beliefs and practices affecting health status and access to services for distinct populations and communities, in collaboration with medical and public health officials.
- Collect information and make judgments through observation, interviews, and the review of documents.
- Plan and direct research to characterize and compare the economic, demographic, health care, social, political, linguistic, and religious institutions of distinct cultural groups, communities, and organizations.
- Construct and test data collection methods.
- Develop intervention procedures, using techniques such as individual and focus group interviews, consultations, and participant observation of social interaction.
- Create data records for use in describing and analyzing social patterns and processes, using photography, videography, and audio recordings.
- Build and use text-based database management systems to support the analysis of detailed firsthand observational records or "field notes."
- Gather and analyze artifacts and skeletal remains to increase knowledge of ancient cultures.
- Identify key individual cultural collaborators, using reputational and positional selection techniques.
- Enhance the cultural sensitivity of elementary and secondary curricula and classroom interactions in collaboration with educators and teachers.
- Train others in the application of ethnographic research methods to solve problems in organizational effectiveness, communications, technology development, policy making, and program planning.
- Write about and present research findings for a variety of specialized and general audiences.
Supplemental Tasks Include:
- Collaborate with economic development planners to decide on the implementation of proposed development policies, plans, and programs based on culturally institutionalized barriers and facilitating circumstances.
- Organize public exhibits and displays to promote public awareness of diverse and distinctive cultural traditions.
- Examine museum collections of hominid fossils to classify anatomical and physiological variations and to determine how they fit into evolutionary theory.
- Observe the production, distribution, and consumption of food to identify and mitigate threats to food security.
- Explain the origins and physical, social, or cultural development of humans, including physical attributes, cultural traditions, beliefs, languages, resource management practices, and settlement patterns.
- Apply traditional ecological knowledge and assessments of culturally distinctive land and resource management institutions to assist in the resolution of conflicts over habitat protection and resource enhancement.
- Observe and measure bodily variations and physical attributes of different human groups.
- Analyze and characterize user experiences and institutional settings to assist consumer product developers, technology developers, and software engineers with the design of innovative products and services.
The data sources for the information displayed here include: O*NET™ 16.0.