While being able to study bones and bring justice to bodies that are too decomposed to study normally is an amazing job with several benefits, it is very hard to learn how to study those bones.
Like any job, investments of time, money, and hard work is required to succeed in the field, while unlike any other job being a forensic anthropologist also takes much more time, money, and hard work. Various fields are put together and all intertwine to become what is called Forensic anthropology and every field needs to be learned and mastered.
Especially because some cases where forensic anthropologists are called in can involve non-skeletal remains as well, such as victims of an explosion or plane crash, forcing them to identify remains and then wait for the tissue to be removed from the skeleton in order for them to work.
Education about bones
The minimum amount of education that a forensic anthropologist needs is a Doctorate with education and knowledge in physical anthropology, forensics, archeology, and the legal system to name only a few. Forensic anthropologists need to know how to gain access to crime scenes, then extract and identify the bones, and finally to testify their findings as an expert.
Other studies that can help a potential anthropologist are biology, chemistry, and genetics as well as experience with dissection. When all of these education requirements are met, then the potential anthropologist can become certified in the field.
Thankfully all this hard work is worth it because not too many people are involved in this field and advancement is stable. Work is also consistent, but the hard part is finding a job.
Most law enforcement agencies use forensic anthropologists on a part-time basis or as consultants, but full-time positions are mostly unavailable. Because of this, most forensic anthropologists are teachers or professors who work with law enforcement.
Constant and rewarding work
Some forensic anthropologists work mainly with archeology and travel around the globe looking at ruins, mummies, and other remains. Some can work with law enforcement and help identify victims, and others can share their knowledge with the next generation.
Whichever path people take when it comes to the field of forensic anthropology, it is an exciting job and is always filled with mystery, excitement, and the knowledge that someone in the past is being found and remembered because of their actions. Especially if the case connects to a crime in the present day, some people in the present might be affected too.
While being a forensic anthropologist is hard work, takes a lot of education and time, and the scarcity of openings can make it difficult to find a job once all this work is completed, not giving up is key. By working hard, anyone who wants to be a member of this field can win their laurels and then get started.
It’s hard work, but with all the pros of being a forensic anthropologist, it is certainly worth it.