Paleontology. An instructional program that describes the scientific study of extinct life forms and associated fossil remains, and the reconstruction and analysis of ancient life forms, ecosystems, and geologic processes. Includes instruction in sedimentation and fossilization processes, fossil chemistry, evolutionary biology and paleobiology, field research methods, and laboratory research and conservation methods; as well as studies of specific subjects such as paleoecology, paleoclimatology, trace fossils, micropaleontology, invertebrate paleontology, vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, and paleoceanography.

Employment Options

Occupation Employment Average Wage
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Annual
Avg Openings
Mean Entry Experienced
Natural Sciences Managers 870 890 16 Caution $38.79 $23.87 $46.25
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 160 190 8 Caution $21.20 $15.05 $24.28