Palaeontology Career Guide

Getting Started


On this page you will discover job profiles related to your degree to explore, skills you will likely have gained throughout your studies, and key resources to help you research the sector further.


Job profiles

Below you will find some job profiles to help you research different career paths further. 


Transferable skills

Throughout your studies, you will likely have picked up a range of skills that could be applied in a wide range of different job roles. A Palaeontology degree will have provided you with:

  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Problem-solving skills and lateral thinking
  • Self-motivation and resilience
  • Team-working skills and the ability to work on your own initiative
  • IT skills
  • Collecting data and samples on field trips, and examining and testing these in the lab
  • Conducting research
  • Skills in observation, data collection, analysis, classification and interpretation
  • The ability to handle information in a range of different mediums, e.g. textual, numerical, oral, graphical


Two female students measuring a project.


Keeping up to date

Below you will find some key resources and news articles to help you explore this field further, understand potential career paths, and to keep up to date with recent developments. 


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Your guide to building a career with a Palaeontology degree.

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Gaining experience in Palaeontology

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Finding a job in Palaeontology

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