Zoologist Examines Genes

Zoologists are biologists who study animals. They often select a particular type of animal to study, and they may study an entire animal, one part or aspect of an animal, or a whole animal society or ecosystem. There are many areas of specialization from which a zoologist can choose, such as origins, genetics, characteristics, classifications, behaviors, life processes, and distribution of animals. There are approximately 17,910 zoologists and wildlife biologists employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Embryologists, Entomologists, Herpetologists, Ichthyologists, Mammalogists, Ornithologists
Duties Use the biological sciences to study animals
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
Experience Internship; volunteer or part-time experience at a zoo, aquarium, or related setting
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Research
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head Curator or Administrator, or College Professor
  • Zoologist
  • Zookeeper