Careers in Chemistry: Forensic Anthropology .
Anthropology is defined as the study of humankind in all times and places, both culturally and physically. Therefore, forensic anthropology includes the application of anthropological knowledge and techniques in a legal context. Forensic anthropologists make up only one type forensic scientists. There are many other types of forensic specialists including Forensic Criminalists, Forensic Pathologists, and Forensic Detectives. These areas are all included under the sub field of physical anthropology, which there are many ways to become involved in.
Forensic Anthropologists usually hold a PhD degree, or doctorate degree, but many have a Master's degree in either (or both) Physical/Biological Anthropology. These degrees include additional work in areas ranging from anatomy and chemistry to statistics and criminology. This work is backed by well-rounded backgrounds in human and non-human osteology, anatomy, human identification techniques, archaeology and field recovery, the analysis of skeletal trauma, and criminal law. Many forensic anthropologists with advanced graduate degrees work as professors teaching at United States colleges and universities. However, many of these professors are involved in casework throughout their teaching as it comes to their universities in the form of private consultation services. Many work for the city, state and federal levels as government consultants. These consultants work in governmental labs and in medical examiners offices. Finally, some work in private crime labs, mostly as criminalists with strong education in forensic anthropology. .
The actual duties of most forensic anthropologists vary, but almost all of them involve osteology and skeletal biology. This is because the most common duty and largest percentage of forensic anthropologists work consists of using methods and techniques to assess age, sex, stature, ancestry, and diseases throughout history in order to apply them to unknown human remains today.