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Science Career

Published on Nov 19, 2015

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Overview of Career

A paleontologist studies fossilized remains of plants and animals and hypothesize about how they used to live


High school courses to take are Biology and Geology

College courses to take are Science and Mathematics in the Real World and English Composition

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Majors and Degrees

The major you need is Geoscience in Paleontology

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College of Choice

Virginia Tech is a place that that offers the degree.

It's located in Blacksburg, Virginia

A pro is that mainly all the reviews that I saw were mainly positive. A con is that the campus is so big, that you can get lost in the campus

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Tuition is $23,575 per year, for 8 years

The total amount of tuition needed for college is $188,600

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Total Cost

My prediction of the total cost is $246,006

I do think that I will need financial aid in the future. However, I don't think that I will need to apply for a part time job

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Professional Associations

Two professional associations I found were AAPS (Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences) and the NYPS (New York Paleontological Society)

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Nature of work

Paleontologists work in labs and in the field looking for fossils. Paleontologists can work all over the world looking for fossils

Physical demands for this job include being fit for digging for the fossils

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You get a salary of at least $21.50 per hour

The expected percent in employment growth is 30%

Related occupations are geoscientists, hydrologists, and geographers

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Pros and Cons

Pros: paleontologists like working outdoors, paleontologists like working and living at excavation sites, and some like the high pay they get

Cons: some don't like the amount of time they spend away from their families and some get tired of living and working at excavation sites

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"Tyrannosaurus Rex Fossil." Intact Tyrannosaurus-Rex Fossil Unearthed at Central
Schools Construction Site. Central Speaks, 31 Mar. 2011. Web. 19 Sept.

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