Paleontological Helper

Prepare, classify, and sort rocks and fossil specimens.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Paleontological Helpers do?

Prepares, classifies, and sorts rock and fossil specimens: Records receipt of fossil and rock samples from outcroppings, quarries, oil or gas wells, boreholes, or other sources. Cleans, washes, and prepares samples, using probes, brushes, or cleaning solutions to remove extraneous matter. Separates rock and fossil specimens and classifies them into general categories of fossilization. Compiles background data of rock or fossil. Sacks and labels specimens. Mounts specimen for study or experimentation.


Should I be a Paleontological Helper?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Paleontological Helper

    We recommend at least an Associate's degree. Check out these schools offering Paleontological Helper-related education!
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