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A zoologist studies the behavior of animals and wildlife. They may also study the diseases and genetics of animals.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Monitor the health of animal subjects
  • Create plans or strategies to help animals recover from illness, injury or habitat change
  • Analyze and collect potential pollutants from animal habitats; solve environmental problems that affect subject animals’ health
  • Identify harmful diseases threating animals
  • Conduct research activities and experiments around animal health and behavior
  • Regularly utilize lab equipment and collect specimens to study
  • Dissect and perform autopsies on deceased animals; ensure proper preservation
  • Maintain records of research and studies
  • Work with veterinarians to administer medication and perform surgeries and births
  • Occasionally conduct animal education courses or workshops, or create exhibits
  • If in a caretaker role, prepare food for animals; groom and clean animals and their habitat or enclosure
  • If in a rehabilitator role, care for ill or injured animals and release back into natural habitat once recovered


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in zoology, biology, or ecology is required to become a zoologist.


To pursue a career as a Zoologist:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, animal science, natural resources, computer courses, and mathematics.


Where can I work?

Zoologists are most often found working in zoos, wildlife centers and parks, aquariums, for conservation groups, animal pharmaceutical companies, research firms, governmental agencies, or colleges and universities.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a zoologist will be fair over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Society for Animal Science
  • Zoological Association of America
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • International Society of Zoological Sciences
  • City Zoological associations
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