Paleontologist

Digging the dinos

Job Describtion

Paleontologists are people who study the history of life on Earth, through the examination and the studying of fossils, which hold the evidence of ancient life that is mostly found in sedimentary rock. Other tasks they undertake include establishing relative age, petroleum exploration and the study of evolution and ancient environments as well as ancient beings.

Getting Into The Field

  1. Get a good foundation in math and science while in high school. These subjects will give you a broad base to start on your college studies.
  2. Get some hands-on experience. Find a dig you could join during your vacation.
  3. Choose a college with a good reputation in the sciences. Study biology, geology or preferably both. It's best to study for a double major. If that's not possible, major in one of the subjects and take as many courses as you can in the second subject. Study at least a year of physics, chemistry and mathematics as part of your bachelor's degree coursework.
  4. Attend a graduate course in paleontology. If you need more experience in academic research, you might consider getting a master's degree before embarking on a doctorate. If you already have a strong interest in a particular area of paleontology, look for a graduate school where the professors are experts in that field.
  5. Get a job in paleontology. Most people employed in the field of paleontology work for universities, teaching geology as well as paleontology. Some work for museums and carry out their own research. There are also some jobs available in government survey work or with oil companies.


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