The tasks a Paleontologist is expected to perform include:

Studying fossilized remains of plants and animals found in geological formations in order to trace historical sequence of evolution and development of past life

Identifying geological formations according to their nature and chronology

Visiting different areas and studying earth and rock formations, nature of soil, etc.

Collecting fossilized specimens from geological formations using special tools such as hammer, sickle, etc.

Classifying fossilized specimens according to botanical and zoological families and probable age

Preparing treatises on findings evaluation of life, formation of earth and sea and other geological data, to aid location of natural resources such as petroleum bearing formations or coal

Maintaining fossil specimens as museum exhibits

Skilled in using microscopes, mapping software, compasses, picks and rock hammers or chisels

Knowledge of chemical composition, structure and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo

Skilled in investigating the composition, structure, and history of the earth's crust through the collection, examination, measurement and classification of soils, minerals, rocks and fossil remains

Knowledge of practical application of engineering science and technology

Proficient in handling fossils

In-depth knowledge of characteristics of fossilized remains of plants and animals

Skilled in classifying fossilized specimens

Not applicable

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Analytical mind

Attention to detail

Hardworking and persistent



It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, flu, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 15,000 to INR 25,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Education, Training & Research Sector in India

According to IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. India has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world and there is still a lot of potential for further development in the education system. India's online education market size is expected to touch US$ 40 billion by 2017. The RNCOS report titled, Booming Distance Education Market Outlook 2018 expects the distance education market in India to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 34% during 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Geology presents diverse options with widely varying work and career paths based on area of speciality. After studying Geology, you can work as structural geologists, petrologists, geophysicists, geochemists, geographers, oceanographers, atmospheric scientists, engineering geologists, meteorologists, paleontologists, mineralogists, petroleum geologists, soil scientists, seismologists, volcanologists, geochronologists, etc. A plethora of job opportunities are available in public and private sectors, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. There are a variety of job settings from mining companies, gas exploration, cement industry, natural resource companies, environmental consulting companies and civil engineering firms to job roles of teacher, writer, editor, museum curator or researcher. Therefore, a career as a Paleontologist has a bright future in India and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Government and private research companies


Cities and towns across India