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Top Paleontology Jobs

Paleontologists are often associated with dinosaurs, and in part, that’s accurate. On a more general scale, though, Paleontologists study the history of plants and animals by scrutinizing fossils. The majority of Paleontologists hold a Ph.D. in the field, so be prepared for some study time. Read on for a list of job options.

1) Teacher* — More specifically, you would probably be a Paleontology Professor at the university level. Teaching is the most common job for Paleontologists, and it will allow you to share your knowledge of biology, geology, climate, and other scientific topics.

2) Research Specialist — Research is the main component of most jobs in the paleontology field. You’ll spend your day digging in the dirt and taking your finds back to the lab for analysis.

3) Museum Curator* — There are a handful of museums across the nation that have large enough exhibits to necessitate a Paleontologist on staff. This job allows you to inform audiences about the exhibits, locate and acquire new finds, and consult with people who present their own ancient discoveries.

4) Prospector* — Yep, just like the old days, you can use your skills to help oil companies find their next reservoir. Using your geological know-how and some scientific equipment, you quickly assess whether an area has loads of oil beneath the surface.

5) Specialty Environmental Monitor* — This title may not be on every job board, but it’s a rewarding position that allows you to put your paleontology degree to good use. Your responsibilities include monitoring the activities of construction crews on specific projects to make sure they adhere to environmental compliance policies.

Careers You May Like


Travel to volcanoes in search of scientific data.

Physical Volcanologist

Gain enough knowledge of volcanic eruptions to be able to predict them.


Find clues to the past from plant and animal fossils.


Know all there is to know about minerals.

Cultural Anthropology Professor

Teach university students about cultural anthropology.

Museum Director

Supervise the staff and operations of a museum.


Oversee exhibits at a museum or art gallery.

Exploration Geologist

Travel to remote places to tap oil and gas deposits.

Gallery Director

Manage both the creative and business sides of running an art gallery.


Explore the mysteries of the ocean.

Museum Curator

Obtain and oversee a museum's collection.

Assistant Art Museum Curator

Help a Curator maintain art collections.


Study the natural phenomena that take place on the earth.

Art Museum Curator

Manage the art collections at a museum.


Serve as an expert on earthquakes.

Animal Curator

Manage a zoo's collection of animals.

Aquarium Curator

Maintain exhibits that mimic the natural habitat of sea creatures.