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Summary of responses and THANKS
Hello, just a quick note to say THANK YOU to everybody who
took the time to respond to my questions. I got more advice
overnight than I have from anybody at my school in the past
I'll summarize the main themes that everyone seemed to hit
on, for those who are curious:
- Major in biology, minor in geology; the "well-balanced"
paleontologist needs a background in both disciplines.
- Don't expect to make a lot of money or even be guaranteed
a job in paleontology.
- If you're really interested in financial stability, get
a stronger education in geology.
...In addition, it seems that the approach to paleontology
(whether more biology- or geology-based) can differ
considerably from school to school.
Of course I got a lot more input than that, but I heard so
many different points of view that it's hard to make
generalizations about what "everybody" said. Anybody who's
curious and wants more detail can send me e-mail and I'll
forward my responses to them.