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College Education-- What Degrees do Taxidermists Have?

Discussion in 'Training' started by icarusmasaru, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. KEVIN T.

    KEVIN T. patience...........

    I made my mom proud!!! 101 in my class...I finished in the Lower 1/3 of the Bottom 6 ...Best in the my Family
  2. Thank you to everyone for your responses. I'm heading off to college this fall (20 some days now), and am really working on figuring it out. I'm thinking I need a good-paying job while I work to get my business off the ground and get better at taxidermy, so I'll need a degree in a field that pays well.

  3. Zombiegirl

    Zombiegirl Member

    Do you have a field/major in mind yet? You're leaving in about 20 days, are you going to just be taking general classes while you decide or?
  4. I'm going to be either working towards a biology major with a minor in studio art, or will be transferring to a different school next year to study in forensic anthropology.
  5. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    I think you are missing an opportunity. Major in business management- marketing and minor in art and you will be light years ahead of the curve, when it comes to starting a taxidermy business.
  6. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    A business major is good IF she's planning on doing something other than just running her own taxi business. But, it's MASSIVE overkill and expense for just running a taxidermy business. And in fact I think 1 or 2 small business courses at the local junior/community college would actually be more applicable and much cheaper. Plus, she wants to get into forensic anthropology 3 Bears - lol!
  7. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

  8. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I guess I'm a Mike Rowe fan of dirty jobs. For some reason - it started in the 80's I think- that a person couldn't be a success unless they held some kind of degree. Sadly, there are degrees in "physical education","photography", "journalism", and "continuing education". Each and every one seeking that brass ring that goes along with it. Perhaps you should read the story of Harland Sanders. Today, plumbers, electricians, appliance repairmen, vehicle mechanics, sheet metal and welding specialists, and lest you forget that all important job that never ceases, morticians make more money than most college graduates. If you really want to branch out, get into a car dealership, start up a pet cemetary, or learn how to lay bricks. Certainly a college education can serve a multitude of life enhancements, but a bolt and nut don't hold things together without the person on the end of the wrench tightening them.
  9. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Yes, you certainly don't need a degree if you're getting into all of the blue collar hands-on jobs you've listed George. But, if you want a career in a white collar job a degree is a must. And maybe even an advanced degree. Yes, it may not make as much money than some of the trades you've listed, but for many people it's not all about the money. (But, in fact that degree will most likely pay for itself numerous times over vs. not having it. In general white collar workers make over a million more in their lifetime's vs blue collar workers) First off, in today's job market that degree will increase your chances of getting an interview. Most jobs won't even consider a high school diploma or at the very least you are amongst hundreds of other applicants vying for that job. In today's market it isn't even just the white collar jobs that you need a degree. Try hiring on at Starbucks or Jewel or most any other "temporary" job and you'll see many college graduates filling your coffee cups and grocery carts. Now, I'm not saying you need to spend the big bucks and go all four years to a real college. It's much smarter to get your Gen Ed courses from a local Junior college and finish at a University and save yourself $40-$60 grand or more. Yes, you don't "need" a college degree, but in this person's case it is the only way she will ever get her foot in the door for her chosen career. The job market is MUCH more competitive in the career arena than it was back in the 80's...
  10. Old Fart

    Old Fart Active Member

    I have a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science(that's what the diploma says) and I spent another year and a half working on my Ms, before I realized I wouldn't make a "good" government employee. At least my Professors were honest and actually taught that we'd be working in the field of "bio politics" and not actually "wildlife management"! True wildlife biologists never get high enough up the "food chain" in most cases to be effective. The bureaucrats and political appointees make all the decisions. I will say that the Wildlife Degree did give me "huge" credibility with many of my clients, but little else in the actual profession of Taxidermy.

    If you must go to college and think you want to be a taxidermist, then get all the business and art classes you can. Some biology and chemistry won't hurt.

    In all honesty, if I had it all to do over again......I'd take that time in grad school and gotten a Nursing degree. I had ALL the pre-med and Chemistry classes anyway. Wildlife was not an "easy" curriculum!

    Sorry, I should have made note of the cost of my 6 years of college back in the late 60's. I spent less than $10,000. No scholarships or grants, just summer jobs, part time work and taxidermy on the side. The cost of a college "education" today is ridiculous and I'd never do it again. I have a daughter with her MS in Psychology and even though she has a very good job in that field, it'll take her years to pay it off.
  11. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    Learn Math. Most taxidermists that fail do so because they can't do or understand math. Any one in any profession that exceeds understands one thing. MATH
  12. I have degrees in both Biological Anthropology and forensic entomology. If you have the chance you can do some great studying abroad with the Anthropology. I lived in Belize for 6 months doing bone analysis on Mayan burials. Just remember there are almost NO JOBS in the forensic field and it is highly competitive. My full time job is not even in either of the fields I studied. Like most have said on here biology is a great way to go. See if you can take some anatomy and physiology classes, musculature is a great thing to learn. If you have any questions on the forensic stuff let me know and I can probably answer them! Best of luck.
  13. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Marty, just admit it, you just love disagreeing with me. Steve Jobs never had a degree and did pretty well. Harlan Sanders never had a degree. Dave Thomas was a high school dropout. Most of all, however, no amount of education is going to teach you talent. You won't act as well as John Wayne, sing as well as Maraih Carey, dance as well as Fred Astaire, nor paint as well as Norman Rockwell from any schooling. More and more taxidermists are claiming to be "artists" and IF you have talent, then certainly biology, anatomy, or some of the other sciences will help you tremendously. A college education is a spectacular achievement but can prove an empty vessel if you're not willing to apply yourself to it. I worked with and around some of the icons of this industry and I see them do things with a hide, a manikin, or a diorama that is nothing short of a God given talent. That's one they don't offer a course in. You can be anything you want to be if you work like hell to get there. Get your education while the fires are still hot and IF taxidermy proves to be a joy, make sure you keep it in perspective. You can only be the "best" in taxidermy if you started off at the bottom and proved to your clientele that you were better than most. Good luck.
  14. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Actually George, I don't. You are not a fun person to debate with unless one agrees with everything you say. So, when I post disagreeing with you - you know it is a weighted decision for me to even post and it's something I feel needs to be corrected or at least my opinion offered. In this case, I think you are out of touch with today's job market. Of course you don't NEED a degree or even a h.s. education for that matter if you can find another way and you're a sharp cookie. But, your chances go up considerably if you do have a degree because it'll help get your foot in the door. If I'm sifting through 40+ resume's - which I have done in the past, I'm looking for things that stand out either good or bad to weed that number down. If I have 35 resume's with college graduates do you think I am going to even read past the "Education" part of those other five resume's or do you think they're going into the garbage? I may have just pitched the next Bill Gates (resume') but that is how the system works in most of today's job market...
  15. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Marty, you may have a valid point but, unfortunately in today's world the term "educated idiot" is being proven as true. The workforce is full of college graduates that have no idea how to perform simple tasks.
  16. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Yes, but at least they have jobs 3Bears - lol! Heck, half the world is stupid, they just don't know it (Look up the Dunning-Krueger effect). And no profession is immune to dummies infiltrating. However, my money says that the bulk of those dummies aren't holding that piece of paper that proves that they at least can tie their shoes - lol!
  17. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Old Fart...When I was in college, I thought student loans were for students who couldn't or didn't want to work while they were in school. I milked cows while in college, and lived in a little wooden house on the farm. Lots of boys lived in rooms over the dairy barn. I saw guys drive up to the barn looking for work who didn't have a clue where their next meal was coming from. Most of them worked, got a degree and made a successful career for themselves. I think it's a shame that our politicians want "free college" for all. If you work for it like we did, you'll appreciate it a whole lot more. I borrowed a thousand dollars when in Graduate School, and paid it back very soon after I got my first job.
  18. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I went to a private college and I'm a tad younger than you old farts (lol) so things were a bit more expensive. With room and board tuition was $6900 my freshman year and was up to $11,000 by my senior year. My folks helped out the best they could to the tune of around a grand total, but I paid for everything else through school jobs and summer employment and a student loan. Today, my oldest graduated from North Central College to the tune of $43K a year. After grants, I think it was around $30K for us. He took out loans to pay for a third of his tuition and we paid the rest. Luckily, it was only a little over two years attending as he did his Gen Eds at the local Junior College. We felt strongly that my son had to have a fair amount of skin in the game. It makes them more serious and it builds character. We currently have a second son in a great Culinary Arts program at the junior college. And I don't think he plans on going beyond his Junior College degree (whew!) AND, our third son - our marine (tuition) gets paid by Uncle Sam IF he chooses to go to school when and if he decides to "retire" from the marines. (Second WHEW!)

    I too don't think college education should be free. I do think though that they should be offering zero or near zero interest loans vs. the 7.9% or more rates they currently charge. It shouldn't be a profit center for the loans themselves...
  19. I have a degree in cervid biology,chemistry, and a history minor
  20. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Marty, I think that tuition at the junior college I attended was $100 per semester, and when I went to Mississippi State U, the tuition was $400 per semester. Books were the real kicker, often costing more than tuition. I think the pay at the college dairy farm was $1 per hour...those were the days, LOL!