Almost all anthropologists hold a doctoral degree. In more rare cases, those with a bachelor's or master's degree in anthropology are able to secure administrative or research positions. Most individuals, however, must undergo the eight years of study required to obtain a doctorate in anthropology.
In addition to degree requirements, candidates should be trained in the specific skill sets relevant to their field of study. Archaeologists, for instance, should take courses in geology and geography. Biological anthropologists, however, should be as competent as possible in the areas of human anatomy, genetics and general biology. Likewise, linguistic anthropologists should be fluent in several languages and social scientists should have a strong background in psychology and sociology.