Palaeontologist | Selby College
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Palaeontologists study the fossils of plants and animals.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of geography
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • science skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • knowledge of physics
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day duties could include:collecting data and samples on field trips; managing volunteers on field trips; examining and testing samples in the lab; doing research and publishing your findings; planning and delivering lectures developing courses and workshops; recording and classifying samples and collections; giving talks and managing displays and exhibitions; writing articles for scientific websites and magazines; providing expert advice for broadcasters on programmes

You could work in an office, in a museum, at a university or in a laboratory.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You could work as a geological surveyor, a consultant in mining and mineral exploration, or the oil and gas industry.

You could move into university teaching and research.

The skills you gain are also valued in the scientific media, TV and the financial sector.

You'll find more on palaeontology training through The Palaeontological Association.

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