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 18,530 zoologists and wildlife biologists employed in the United States. 

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

Career Update Newsletter

Tips and tools to help you manage your ideal career.