Animal Behaviorists

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Animal behaviorists are scientists who study and observe the ways animals behave. They determine what causes certain types of behavior in animals and find ways to change animal behavior. They may conduct research or teach. Some train or retrain animals. They also resolve behavior problems in companion animals.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Animal Behavior Specialists, Applied Animal Behaviorists, Bio- Psychologists, Pet Behaviorists, Pet Psychologists, Psych Biologists, Veterinary Behaviorists
Duties Study, observe, and research the behavior of animals; determine why animals are exhibiting certain behaviors; help change the behavior of animals
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Psychology
Experience Part time experience and internships
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Animal Behaviorist, Professor or Supervisor
  • Animal Behaviorist
  • Research Assistant