There are many branches of zoology like zoography, ethology, animal physiology, comparative anatomy and behavioral ecology and other taxonomy disciplines. This discipline is taught in the undergraduate level and as a specialization in the graduate level. People who graduate with a zoology major can have promising and rich careers in zoology. There are many possible careers in this field and they may work in various settings such as the federal and state government, higher learning institutions like colleges and universities and even high school, scientific research and development (R & D) area and consulting services in the field of scientific and technical fields. Zoologist is a broad name for a career in zoology. Under the term zoologist are varying job opportunities and career. Nevertheless, zoologists can work in various settings such as the examples stated above.
10. High school teacher
Individuals who have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with specialization in zoology can work as science teachers in a high school setting. They will teach basic biology and zoology to high school students. Only a small portion of biology and zoology majors who graduated chose to become high school teachers.
9. Animal and Wildlife Educators
The Animal and Wildlife Educators are the people who are working in various public venues. These settings can be museum, aquarium or eve sanctuary. As educators, they will have to create wide variety of educational materials catered to educate the visitors in comprehending the wildlife they will see and observe. These educators will provide insight and brief education to visitors about the wildlife and the animals residing there.
8. College/university instructors/professors
Some graduates of zoology major remain in the academe world to teach zoology or their field of specialization in higher learning institution. In this career, they are expected to climb up the ladder or advance their teaching ranking based on their education. Taking graduate studies such as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy as well as post-doctorate studies are encouraged to do in this field. In addition, publications and engagement in research can also propel your teaching resume.
7. Wildlife Rehabilitators
The wildlife rehabilitators are the individuals who work to provide care for the wild animals that are suffering from illness, injuries as well as those orphaned ones. These wild animals have experienced these through various reasons like oil spills, bushfires or other major natural and man-made catastrophe/disasters. Part of their duties is to release the wild animals they took care of to their natural habitat, which is the wild.
A zoologist who works in a laboratory setting or even in the field conducting researches is one of the common careers in zoology. They can be research associate, research assistant and research scientist and so on. They may lead the research or serve as assistants to the leading scientist. Most of the time, their work and duties are project based and are in contract with the project. They do laboratory works or set out to the field to study wild animals and their environment. Researchers can work in private or public organizations, universities and the government. Researchers conduct experiments. It is also part of their job to do breeding and raising of specimens. Field works includes data collection and gathering that is done within the natural habitat of the interest of study and many more.
5. Animal Behaviorists
Individuals working as animal behaviorists have duties to train the employees of the zoo about the right way to interacting with the wild animals as well as in successfully providing care for these animals. These animal behaviorists majors in ethology in which they study in greater depth behaviors of animal in their natural habitats. Of course, these individuals have hands-on experiences with animals before teaching other people about it.
Individuals working as conservationists have duties about animal conservation. They work for agencies responsible for animal conservation. They do studying and then reporting the impact of a specific animal species on an ecosystem and more specifically, about its survival.
3. Zoo Curators
The Zoo Curators are the ones responsible for the acquisition of animals that will be put to the zoos. This can be done through successful and effective breeding programs, by purchasing from other zoos or in some instances, acquisition from the wild or their natural habitat. The transfer of these animals from one place to another must be ensured especially the condition and safety of the animals and the adjustment of the animals to its new habitat.
Zookeepers is one of the common careers in zoology. You see these people in zoos and they work closely with animals. They feed animals (this include meal preparation), clean their “new” habitat and keep the animals in good shape and their health and many more. They also conduct some form of research in order to ensure the condition of the animals and giving the animals the best environment aside from their natural habitat.
1. Wildlife Biologists
The wildlife biologists work similarly to researchers; however, these individuals are studying the origins, genetics, diseases, behavior and the life processes of the various animals and their natural habitat, the wildlife. These wildlife biologists can have specialization in the area of wildlife research and in its management. They are working to collect, gather, observe and analyze different biological data in order for them to determine the possible effects environmentally of the present and even the potential utilization of various animal habitats like the land and water. Most wildlife biologists are working for the state and federal government as well as within the scientific R & D.