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Top 10 Books for Kids Wanting to be a Paleontologist

Updated on September 24, 2014

Becoming a Paleontologist -Top Ten Books for Kids

I have had a life-long interest in dinosaurs and fossils and it seems that my eldest granddaughter (aged 11) has acquired the same interest - so much so that she has expressed the wish to become a Paleontologist when she grows up. This set me looking to see just what advice there is available for kids on taking up paleontology as a career.

I have selected 10 books that I believe provide great information for kids of all ages who are expressing an early interest in a career in Paleontology I hope that you enjoy my lense Top 10 Books for Kids wanting to be a Paleontologist and that the kid in your life finds encouragement and inspiration from these.

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What is a Paleontogist?

Firstly, Paleontology is a science. It is the study of the history of life on Earth as it is reflected in the fossil record. So while most of us assume that a palaeontologist purely studies dinosaurs, you can see that they in fact study all life.

Just like many other careers, a good educational background is essential. If you are at high school, then the best preparation is simply to achieve the best grades you can in as many subjects as you can. You will need after all, need to gain entry to a good college or university. This is an absolute prerequisite towards your chosen career.

It is generally accepted that to embark on a career in this field, you will need to study hard at science subjects for example biology and geology.

Where can a Paleontologist expect to work?

As a Paleontologist, you can expect to often work outdoors, digging in areas that have many fossils. You may also work in science laboratories studying fossils and comparing your findings with other paleontologist's findings. You may be work in a museum, or in a university.

How much does a Paleontologist earn?

As with most occupations, this can vary enormously, but an entry level palaeontologist, just out of school can expect to make around $36,000 annually. The average salary for paleontologists is reputed to be $67,000 per year with the high-end salary being about $133,310 per year.

Have you ever considered a career as a paleontologist?

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I hope that you found this lense useful - please let me know what you think.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Merrci: Thank you.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is great! It's such a good idea to inspire children, and such an interesting topic. Thanks for sharing!