They are your TV show idols. Who does not know about the famous forensic anthropologists of Bones and CSI? That is probably why more and more people are aiming to become one in the first place. Before this, students would not even dream of having such a career. They want to be nurses or doctors and even marketing practitioners. However, thanks to Hollywood and all those very interesting TV shows, this type of career is becoming more and more popular. Then again, what steps do you have to take in order to reach your dream of becoming a forensic anthropologist? Naturally, education in forensic anthropology should be part of the equation.
Logically speaking, you cannot just wake up one day and decide to start your career as a forensic anthropologist. You may think that you have what it takes to become one but without a degree in it (which I tell you is far from easy to attain), that is just not possible. What does the education involve and what things do they entail?
You may think that being in high school is all about fun but for a person who is serious about his or her dream of becoming one, the education starts as early as high school. So if you think that Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Chemistry are a snooze, then you better start thinking hard if forensic anthropology is really for you. You better be really interested about those science subjects because as a forensic anthropologist, you will spend your entire career dealing with those. Remember, you can never let go of the basics.
After high school, you will need to find a school that offers a bachelor’s degree in those subjects (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, anthropology). And once you get your bachelor’s degree, you are still not one. The next step that you have to take is to get a graduate level anthropology degree. Your other option is human biology. Regardless, both options are very heavy on science. And still, after you get your diploma, your degree is still not that of a forensic anthropologist because you need a PhD in order to have the title. Just a word of warning, getting a PHD is not like going to school for a summer. It is more like going back to school all over again because that means going to classes for a minimum of 3 years. For most students, however, they take their PhD for 4 years. Then and only then can you take an exam and should you pass it, you will be certified by the board and become a true blue forensic anthropologist.
The education path is long, tiring and taxing. However, if you think the career is for you, then go ahead and pursue your dreams.