Careers In Zoology

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Zookeeper Feeding Baby TigerCollege is an important time in life. It is a time of making friends, learning to stand on your own and figuring out who you are. It is also a time to decide on a major for a career.

It is no easy task and you may feel overwhelmed. Doing some career research can help you out along the way. We have looked at jobs with degrees in biology and botany, now let’s look at the world zoology.

If you love wildlife then a degree in zoology may be right for you. This field offers a wide range of careers as long you love animals and science. The pay can be good, especially if you work for the government. That being said, competition for jobs can be fierce and you have to compete for research grants as well. That being said, don’t be discouraged if is your passion. Here are some possibilities.

Biological Technician

A biological technician typically has an undergraduate degree and works under the supervision of more advanced researches. Basic research includes gathering data about particular animals and their habitats.

Sometimes research has a specific goal but other times it may be just to acquire knowledge that may assist the overall scientific community.  This position would involve both lab and field work. This often an entry level position for future zoologist who may want to consider an advanced degree.

University Professor

Some zoologists go back to school to teach others about this field and usually have a doctoral degree. A master’s degree may earn you a job on the lecture circuit or at a community college.  It isn’t just teaching as many universities lead the way in research.

You would be in charge of conducting and overseeing projects in both the field and the lab. Most will specialize in a specific field such as ornithology or mammalogy and often specialized in a specific species as well.


As the name implies zoologists can often go and work in a zoo. You work as an overseer of the animals in the zoo. You may also perform studies to see how animals respond to captivity and devise ways to make their habitats more natural.

They may also oversee educational programs or even lead various tours. You may also be involved in mating and conservation efforts. Lastly you would be in charge of publishing your research findings.

A degree in zoology takes a lot of scientific study and know how but for those who love animals it is well worth it. Check online bachelor’s degrees for available courses.

This is a guest post.  Jeff Jordan writes in lives in Southern California. He writes about a variety of topics including automobiles and colleges such as Trident University.

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