Learn about the types of people who become paleontologists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a paleontologist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming paleontologists at a ratio of 1.43 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
62% of paleontologists are female and 38% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a paleontologist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a paleontologist and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a paleontologist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.