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Relating Dinosaurs to Career Awareness
I'm trying to relate dinosaur study to a wide variety of careers and
skills for the dinosaur unit at my school. I'm looking for suggestions
about what the jobs and skills in the field, in the museum and elsewhere
would be called.
The obvious career designations would be: 1) paleontologist, 2)
geologist, 3) preparator. Are there any other "official" words for people
who work in careers related to dinosaur study? I should have included
"docent" above. Are there specific educational requirements for "docents"
who lecture about dinosaurs to people visiting museums? Does a
preparator's job include welding the support structure for mounting the
In film and video of dinosaur hunters, we see them using dynamite to
remove overburden, and we see them using jackhammers. Where do these
people get their training in using explosives and jackhammers? If you had
to enumerate all the basic activities on a dig, from setting the
explosives to wrapping the freed matrix in plaster, what would they be?
Do paleontologists have special training in drafting so that they can
make accurate drawings of the way the skeletons looked before excavating?
Have photography and video made that unnecessary?
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
----- Amado Narvaez