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Zoologist

Position Overview

Zoologists study animal genetics, behaviors, habits, and diseases. There are various career opportunities as a zoologist. They often have the chance to study animals in their natural environment or in a laboratory setting, depending on the zoologist's area of focus. They may also look at animal development or origin. Zoologists should be interested in preserving the ecology of the planet as they can make a difference in this area. Along with heavy research, they also tend to teach others, such as students at a university. They are required to operate different types of scientific equipment and may need to work in harsh or unpredictable weather conditions, as well as in areas with limited amenities.

Zoologist Duties

  • Monitor animals, taking into account their behavior and health
  • Could be required to rehabilitate animals from injury
  • Prepare animal food
  • Clean and groom animals in laboratory
  • Educate others on either animal health, behavior, or interactions
  • Use various types of lab equipment
  • Assist veterinarians for surgeries or administering medication
  • Understand and study threatening animal diseases
  • Analyze pollutants that affect the well-being of different animals
  • Perform animal autopsies when necessary
  • Develop strategies for proper animal care, recovery, or habitat alternation
  • Write research papers on important industry findings

Typical Employers

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Government agencies
  • Wildlife centers or parks
  • Aquariums
  • Conservation groups
  • Zoos

Required Education and Training

To become a zoologist, you must pursue a master's degree in ecology, zoology, or biology. While sometimes only a bachelor's degree is required, a master's degree provides you with a competitive advantage over other candidates.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Ability to work individually and in a team environment
  • Excellent communication abilities
  • Perseverance
  • Ability to work with scientific equipment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good at multitasking
  • Excellent research skills
  • Ability to solve complex problems
  • Observant
  • Organised

Average Salary

  • Entry level zoologists make between £20,000 and £25,000
  • Zoologists with 5 years of experience make about £30,000
  • Senior zoologists, or those involved with teaching, make about £50,000 a year