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Are there any jobs I can do for paleontology that aren't teaching positions?

Are the only things available professor positions that are sponsored by colleges to go dig up bones? #college #university-teaching #archeology #paleontology #education #career #career-counseling #science

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Vernon’s Answer

Well, you can work in museums, but they hire only those people who have dug up bones. You'd better enjoy being on your hands and knees.
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Ariel M.’s Answer

Hi Angel. I have a friend who loves paleontology. I think for that specific field as a career, you will have to do a lot of digging up bones, teaching and researching. I think you should ask yourself if this is a career you want to do, or is paleontology something you are just interested in? For example, I am a lawyer, but I love art. I was an art history major in college, but I also wanted to be a lawyer. Now, I have my job and also go to art museums and travel. My art history knowledge makes those activities fun and interesting to me. So, I guess you really need to ask yourself if you just like dinosaurs or do you want to dig up bones?
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Jonathan’s Answer

That is a great question. When most people think about paleontology, their minds simply go right to dinosaurs and digging up bones. My cousin was a paleontology major in college and after school, she spent some time in Utah at Zion national park. After that, her college degree opened many doors, one of which was for the FBI. Not sure if that's where you mind was headed, but I know that was not what she intended to pursue. However, after 10 plus years, she has moved into a government job with homeland security. She lives happily with her husband and 3 children right outside of Washington DC. She may not have intended to end up where she is now, but I know she would tell you how happy she is working where she does now. I hope this helps you see the variety of options that a degree in paleontology may have for your future.

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